All about insects, spiders, and other arthropods, focusing on North America north of Mexico.
My good friend Nancy Miorelli of SciBugs recently put together a handy pamphlet on how to take better bug pictures with your smartphone. Here it is:
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Want a printable version? Here is a PDF file for that.
I have a cool video of an orb weaver in my back yard. I cant find any pics where another one looks like her ( I say her because she's huge) I live in a suburb of Houston Texas. Wondering if there's some way to show you this video so you can tell me if it's a Spotted Orb Weaver? Or what she may be.
I would recommend uploading still images to iNaturalist, or videos to one of the Facebook groups devoted to identifying insects and(or) spiders. There is no easy way I can do that for you from this page.
Hey. You can screenshot a good pic of the spider and then submit it on the site. Its a pretty handy way to take pics from videos
thanks so much for sharing this as a pdf! we're gathering projects to work on with kids, and this is PERFECT! Connecting WITH nature by letting them use their phones as a TOOL instead of a brain drain toy! and shared freely - thank you SO much! ~ hewittfarms.org/Thanks.html
Thank you for the compliments, and for doing what you do.