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Every insect in one way or another is considered a pest. However, I cannot help but think that their more positive roles in the food chain are ignored. My interest has grown since I began photographing insects. I have been amazed at what I have learned about them. There is no code of conduct with respect to photographing insects like there is for birds. It is interesting to know what to avoid. This grasshopper jumped back into the overgrowth when it first noticed me, then tried to hide and took this pose. My concern is with stressing any animal by my presence. I was thinking that it would move away once I left. In fact when I came back about ten minutes later it had not moved much, it was just lower on the branch. It was apparently much less concerned and turned its back to me.

3 responses

  1. Interesting thoughts, Victor. I never considered stressing insects, as they seem so adapted to watching out for danger. But I contest your first sentence as I can think of many beneficial insects like bees, predatory beetles and those that decompose rotten wood. I suppose if I was a small insect that became lunch for a predator beetle, I might consider it a pest, however! 😉


    February 21, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    • Thanks. My sentence was meant as defense against those who say I photograph pests. We agree. The food chain is under rated and misunderstood.

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      February 21, 2016 at 1:04 pm

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