11 Astounding Arthropods You’ll See at BugShot/Belize. Plus, a Zombie Fungus.

As you may know, I teach photography workshops. We’ve got an outstanding one planned for September: BugShot Belize, and since we have a handful of registrations left I thought’d I’d mention a few prime reasons to attend.

Jack Owicki with a new amblypygid friend during the January workshop.

And by “reasons”, of course, I mean the wonderful biota you’ll spend the week admiring.

[register for BugShot Belize]

1. The pill millipede. Bother this adorable pink millipede and she goes into turtle mode for several minutes.


(update: it turns out this is even cooler than a regular pill millipede) (more…)

A tropical insect photo safari with Piotr Naskrecki, Thomas Shahan, John Abbott, and… me


Ok, enough silliness. I have news.

I am positively tickled to announce our little BugShot family is expanding. Who have we added? None other than Piotr Naskrecki!

Piotr is a master conservation photographer, a katydid expert at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, author of “Relics” and “The Smaller Majority”, and a founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers. I’ve long been a fan of Piotr’s distinctive wide-angle macro style. And now, he is bringing it to BugShot’s newest tropical workshop. I couldn’t be happier!

BugShot/Belize will be held September 22-29 2013 at the remote-yet-comfortable Caves Branch Lodge in Belize. We will be spending a week with army ants, orchid bees, glasswing butterflies, cave crickets, and countless other arthropod treasures. The safari will be a mix of entomological and photographic instruction, and in the tradition of BugShot each of the instructors brings a different talent. John Abbott is a talented high-speed action photographer, Thomas Shahan is an intimate portraitist, Piotr Naskrecki is a master of capturing arthropods in their habitat, and I do… something with ants, I think.

For more details, and to register: BugShot Belize 2013

Our last Belize workshop sold out within 2 weeks, so if you’d like to join us I recommend signing up sooner rather than later.

For a preview of our venue and event, here’s a slideshow:


For an in-depth look, I’ve uploaded more photos to the BugShot Belize Gallery.

I hope to see many of you there!

Learn Insect Photography in the Tropics with BugShot-Belize!

I am extremely pleased this morning to announce that our BugShot workshops are expanding to the tropics!

BugShot’s first rainforest photography workshop will be held January 19-26, 2013. I can’t speak for all tastes, but from my perspective a sunny insect-filled week in the Neotropics will be just the thing to relieve the bite of a harsh northern winter. Because our winter workshop is an exploratory first-time event for us, we are keeping this initial offering more intimate than our multi-instructor flagship summer workshops. Enrollment is capped at 12 participants, and [updated 9:45am] if you’re thinking of attending you may have to make a quick decision. Some of the spots sold as I was writing this post.

We’ve chosen Belize for a number of reasons. The local insects are representative of the rich Neotropical fauna, including army ants, orchid bees, peanut bugs, morpho butterflies, and many, many other photogenic denizens of the rainforest. The country is relatively accessible, especially for North Americans. And we have partnered with a charming jungle venue, Caves Branch Lodge, that sits on 50,000 acres of mostly forested private reserve.

For more information and to register:

Plus, check out the photos from a 4-day reconnaissance trip earlier this month: BugShot Belize Preview.

*update (9/24 2:00pm): We’ve been having trouble with the online registration via paypal. This was an error and has been fixed. If your registration is on hold pending paypal’s internal process, please email me ( alwild [at] ) and I will reserve your spot manually while we arrange for payment by check or other method.

*update #2 (9/24 8:45pm): 12 hours after opening registration we’re half full. 6 spaces remain. 5 spaces left. 4 spaces left. 3 spaces. 2 spaces left. That’s it- we’re full!