If you'd like to submit a digital photo of an insect or other arthropod, please email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Insects can often be identified through digital images alone and with advances in phones and cameras, many people have high resolution digital cameras readily available. However, taking images appropriate for identification of insects can still be a challenge, due to the small size of many insects. Below are some photography tips to help facilitate the identification process at the UW Insect Diagnostic Lab:
- Use your best photography equipment available (i.e., highest resolution) to get the clearest image possible.
- Get as close as feasible to insect subjects, as long as the images are clear. A clear, crisp photo from farther away is prefered over a blurry, up-close shot.
- Take several images of specimens, from different angles (top, bottom, side)
- Include a size reference (ruler, coin, pencil, etc.)
- Include geographic information. This is very important, as many insects may be restricted to certain parts of the state, country, or globe.
- If an insect is found in/on a plant, include images of the entire plant and also up-close images of any damage to the plant.
- Provide background information about the case. This can be done with the form above or in a separate email.
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