Introducing Lambert Smith's Insecta
Insecta.co.za is a personal non-commercial website. It started off mainly as a showcase for my own photographs of insects but as interest is growing in the site it seems to be snowballing into a general natural history photography site - I'll let it be to take its own direction and see how it develops although the focal theme will remain Insecta..
At present it is a forum for articles, pictures and news snippets by laymen for laymen. Although intended mainly for the lay entomologist / naturalist and amateur photographer, especially of insects and other small life-forms, the participation of professionals and specialists is of course always welcomed. Photographs and articles on the site are the copyright of their respective authors but most of the material is available to be used for any non-commercial purposes such as school or other educational tasks - all that is necessary is an E-mail requesting permission and of course acknowledgment for the author concerned. It goes without saying that all material is also available for commercial use, however, this needs to be negotiated - drop us an E-mail.
Although I have been a practicing professional photographer for over forty years (now retired) I am and remain no more than an amateur entomologist. As the bulk of the insects displayed in the Photo Galleries have been identified by myself, mistakes in identification are possible in spite of my best efforts. Should you be aware of any of the photographs that have been misidentified please help me correct this by sending me an E-mail with the correct identification. The above serves to make clear the fact that this site should not be considered a definitive source of information as regards the identification of the life-forms photographed. Furthermore the photographs in the various Insect Orders are only a selection of those that I have been able to locate and is in no way a comprehensive list of all the insects in that particular Order.
A site such as this can only be successful with the participation of visitors like yourself. We need articles and news snippets with or without photographs that we can publish on the site, also ideas and suggestions are very welcome.
Finally I need feedback. Please let me know what you think of this website, articles, photos.
Regards to all,