My modest urban backyard in Lexington, Kentucky, is a surprisingly rich biotope for bugs (arthropods), surprising with respect to my own low expectations, and rich in the number of species, not individuals, that pass through. The total number of bugs has declined dramatically over the past two decades, here as much as everywhere else. Twenty years ago, when I opened the kitchen window for a few seconds at night, a dense cloud of moths and beetles would pour in. Today, it’s down to two or three mosquitoes. This collection takes a look at the state of affairs in the early 2020's. It is an excerpt from a book project that I started during the first Covid summer, featuring bugs from within a fifty-foot radius around my kitchen, all photographed alive and unsedated. Some technical notes are here.
Bug Portraits from an American Yard