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.)
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.
*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!