Steps to Photographing Insects
Once the snow flies, Dr. Len Ferrington, a Professor in the Department of Entomology in CFANS at the University of Minnesota, and his team of researchers would like you to join them in a citizen science project that could expand the scope of their research. Participants simply identify and submit photographs of midges on the snow, often near stream banks. Your help can grow our understanding of how the unique Minnesota climate reveals valuable insights about interactions between weather, water, insects, and food webs for researchers across the globe. See directions and form below for more details.
Walk along stream banks to find insects; the insects tend to be on the surface of the snow where the banks meet with the water
Take one photo of the water and its surrounding banks to showcase the landscape
Take one closeup and detailed photo of the insect (see example below)
Record the location (county, state, stream name), date, and notes on weather/temp, time, stream conditions (ex. presence of ice) with your photographs
Take one photo further away from insect (to show both the insect and its location)
Send pictures and recorded information using the survey form (linked below).