By Nick Addison, Clemson University, NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) fellow
For this project my main tasks were to sort through insect specimens at Clemson University Arthropod Collection (CUAC), selecting the best preserved individuals, databasing them and then shipping them to our partner at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Powdermill Nature Reserve for the high-resolution "gigamacro" photo imaging. In some instances the photography did not highlight specific diagnostic features of the macroinvertebrate sufficiently, in which case I would create supplementary images using focal z-stacking to create a high resolution image..
Some examples of the features I photographed include the antenna of an adult Helichus, the spoon shaped labium and elevated condition of the eyes on Libullula, and the tiny spines on the ventral, concave margin of an anal claw of Neureclipsis just to name a few.
An interdisciplinary team