Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Photos of insects and people from the 2022 BugGuide gathering in New Mexico, July 20-24

National Moth Week was July 23-31, 2022! See moth submissions.

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Photos of insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Previous events

Graham Montgomery, Contributing Editor
Full name:
Graham Montgomery
Just replace the _at_ in the above email address with @.
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 insects and the birds that eat them. I have broad taxonomic interests within entomology; my favorite "bugs" are bees, springtails, beetles, true bugs & hoppers. I also enjoy birding, backpacking, and kayaking; pretty much anything outdoors!

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, with larger insects being shot with the 24-70mm f/4.0, which has a macro mode. I have recently gotten the Kuangren KX-800 after my MT-24ex died for the last time -- still getting used to it, but my impression is generally positive.

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.

Thanks to everyone who uses the site (photographers, experts, etc). I wouldn't have such an interest in entomology without it.


My photography setup:
The MT-24ex is a powerful flash with harsh light; diffusing it makes your shots look much better. After trying a lot of different diffuser setups, I finally ended up using lambency diffusers and velcro after seeing what Matt Cole came up with here:

For a white background, I use stacked "weighboats" (used in chemistry labs for weighing materials, available from any online science supply store) made of white plastic with sloping sides that many/most insects can't escape from. It works pretty well, but I'm not totally satisfied and am always looking for new ideas.