A Popular View of Insects
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This photo captures the impression people have of insects (or aliens): faintly hostile, a little indistinct, largely unpredictable, with a nasty streak.
I would think most photographers of insects, entomologists and naturalists would in most cases wish it were otherwise. Some insects and bugs play a useful role in the food chain others are certainly pests. A large number are interesting and colorful.
I have never thought it wise to typecast things we do not understand. When people ask me what I enjoy photographing, if I mention insects, rather than something generic like nature, you can see the image they conjure up closely resembles the beast above.
As for the photograph, it’s a bit soft. I used a large aperture (F8) and should have used a smaller one (F11-16). Nonetheless the lighting, in my view makes up for any shortcomings, particularly on the legs and helmet-like head.