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CBC: University of Manitoba gets up close and personal with insects

May 28, 2015 — 

The CBC writes about a story that originally appeared on UM Today.

As the CBC report begins:

New camera equipment in the University of Manitoba’s entomology department has researchers taking vividly detailed photos of insects that they say will help farmers make better decisions about pest management.

The camera set up, installed in April, involves the co-ordination of a desktop computer, a standard Canon DSLR camera and an automated rail that moves and controls the camera. It gives images of tiny insects so detailed one can literally count the hairs on their heads.

“My favourite image produced so far is the tachinid fly. The photo really illustrates how stunning in appearance even dull, unremarkable insects can be when viewed up close,” said Jordan Bannerman, an instructor in the department and the primary user of the new camera equipment.




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