I am constantly amazed at how many people have created groups to celebrate insect photography.
In a quick search on Flickr, I found 3,819 groups for insect photos!*

There’s everything from Insect Macro Photography to Insect Porn (shots of mating insects). There’s also groups that require insects included to have their species names attached, to make an online virtual field guide. (Source of the cute little Skipper shown here, BTW.)

There are international groups for macro photos that are filled with insect and spider photos. And I haven’t even looked at Picasa!

It’s hard for me to get my head around this–I’m old enough that the Internet still seems new. I always felt like a freak for liking insects, and most of my non-entomology co-workers and friends still pretty much agree that’s the case. :D

It’s neat to find these virtual communities, and realize other people appreciate the beauty of these little animals.

I’ll also point out a site new to me that the Other 95% found: LOLinsects!
Ah, Good times.


*That’s probably an underestimate of the total; if you search for “butterfly” you get over 3,636 groups. There’s probably some overlap, but I’m guessing at least 5000 groups or so. Lots, anyway!

Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!


  1. I really dig the fact that you put a Flicker in the post! (but I’m geeky that way). Teh LOLinsects rock!


  2. It seems that there’s not much you *can’t* find on flickr!

    Found you in a google search. I was looking for something to read and “bug girl” caught my eye.
    Also, you’re in Michigan? So am I!
    Also also :), saw cute overload in your sidebar. Yay for cute overload!

  3. Be careful though, LOLinverts is ECTSTREEMLY ADDIKTIV!!! I may need to seek intervention soon. I am wearing out my refresh button waiting for someone to upload a new one!

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