Gallery: ‘Insects Unlocked’ Collection Shares Free Bug Photos


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Gallery: ‘Insects Unlocked’ Collection Shares Free Bug Photos

Bumblebee moth

Credit: Public domain image by Christopher Johnson; “Insects Unlocked” project, University of Texas at Austin
This moth, part of the genus Hemaris, is also known as the snowberry clearwing. Many Insects Unlocked subjects reside in the University of Texas Insect Collection, which holds between 1 million and 2 million specimens.

Variable beautymark

Credit: Public domain image by Christopher Johnson; “Insects Unlocked” project, University of Texas at Austin
The variable beautymark butterfly(Rhetus periander), ranges from Mexico to Brazil and Argentina. This specimen was found in Cacaulandia, RO, Brazil. InsectUnlocked’s high-resolution photos are released into the public domain, which means they are available for anyone to use at no charge and for any purpose — personal, educational or commercial — without permission or attribution required.

Extinct fungus-growing ant

Credit: Public domain image by Christopher Johnson; “Insects Unlocked” project, University of Texas at Austin
This extinct fungus-growing ant, an ancient ancestor of the modern leaf-cutting ant, can be found in the Insects Unlocked project designed by the Insect Image Lab at the University of Texas, Austin.

Greater anglewing katydid

Credit: Public domain image by Christopher Johnson; “Insects Unlocked” project, University of Texas at Austin
The greater anglewing katydid (Microcentrum rhombifolium) was photographed on the University of Texas at Austin campus. One of the project’s goals is to represent the diversity of “Texas’ smallest wildlife,” according to a statement on the project’s fundraising page.

Blister beetle

Credit: Public domain image by Christopher Johnson; “Insects Unlocked” project, University of Texas at Austin
Photographed for the Insects Unlocked project, this blister beetle (Epicauta atrivittata) was collected in Sheffield, Texas, at the Oasis Ranch.

Moneilema armatum

Credit: Public domain image by Christopher Johnson; “Insects Unlocked” project, University of Texas at Austin
This beetle in the Cerambycidae family was photographed at Dolan Falls in ValVerde County, Texas.

Straight-snouted weevil

Credit: Public domain image by Alejandro Santillana; “Insects Unlocked” project, University of Texas at Austin
Also known as the primitive weevil, of the Brentidae family, this beetle is found in Trinidad on Mt. St. Benedict.

Cuckoo wasp

Credit: Public domain image by James Marchment; “Insects Unlocked” project, University of Texas at Austin
The Chrysididae — the Cuckoo Wasp — was found in Travis County, Texas, and is included in the Insects Unlocked project.

Female Culex sp. mosquito

Credit: Public domain image by Alex Wild; “Insects Unlocked” project, University of Texas at Austin
The mosquito from the Austin Brackenridge Field Laboratory is part of the Insects Unlocked project.

Exoskeleton remains of dragonflies

Credit: Public domain image by Alejandro Santillana; “Insects Unlocked” project, University of Texas at Austin
This image captures two dragonfly exoskeletons left behind on the side of a fish tank after the insects molted.
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