Bug Eric takes up photography

and gives us a list of photography’s advantages over specimen collection:

  1. You don’t need permits to take images.
  2. You can take images of wildlife and people (you can’t “collect” those!).
  3. Storage of images takes a lot less room than storage of an insect collection.
  4. It takes less time to prepare an image than a specimen (that may change as I get more sophisticated).
  5. You can share images (I can’t pin an insect specimen to my blog).
  6. Photography makes you more observant.
  7. Images of living organisms are more colorful and robust than faded, withered dead specimens.
  8. You can record behaviors in a photograph.
  9. You can record habitat in an image.
  10. Carpet beetle larvae can’t eat my hard drive.

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