Photographing Bugs


Did you know Yellowstone maintains a macro photography collection of insects? Employees like Erik use specialized equipment and software to create extreme high-resolution images of insects collected as part of the Yellowstone Climate Monitoring Program. These photos are used to help researchers identify specimens down to the species level, while also giving everyone a closer look at Yellowstone's often-overlooked charismatic microfauna.

"We research insects because they are short-lived, sensitive environmental indicators of ecological health. By documenting the diversity and abundance of several poorly studied groups like beetles, grasshoppers, and ants, we gain a better understanding of the critical ecosystem services they provide, like pollination and nutrient cycling." - Biologist Erik Oberg

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