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Graham Montgomery, Contributing Editor
Full name:
Graham Montgomery
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City, state, country:
Los Angeles, California, USA

Hi. I'm a grad student at UCLA, pursuing a PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, with a focus on insect declines and how the birds that eat them are affected. I'm mostly an ecologist, with broad taxonomic interests (my favorite "bugs" are probably springtails, thrips, true bugs & hoppers). If you want to use a photo, send me an email; I almost always lend photos for nonprofit and educational purposes, I just like to know where they're being used. Thank you to everyone who uses the site (photographers, experts, etc). I've been using BugGuide since I was in middle school, and it's been an inspiring and supportive community. I know I wouldn't have such an interest in entomology without it.

PS. As of 2023, I post most of my insect photos to iNaturalist. You can find them here.




Photo setup:
Photos prior to Mar 2010 were taken with a Canon Rebel XT and an EF-S 60 mm macro lens. Photos Mar 2010-Nov 2016 were taken with a Canon 7d, an MPE-65 mm lens and a macro twin lite MT-24EX flash in addition to the 60 mm. Photos from 2017 onward were taken with a 5d Mk iv camera body. I have recently gotten the Kuangren KX-800 after my MT-24ex died for the last time and I mostly like it despite the occasional misfire. As of 2023, for a white background I use a piece of anti-reflective glass elevated about an inch above a thick sheet of styrofoam, all in a white plastic tub. I diffuse the KX-800 with a few sheets of vellum paper.