My name Is Josiah Kilburn. I am a high school student in colorado. I focus on macro insect photography and my favorite subjects are ants, spiders, and beetles. I am also an ameture taxonomist, and am currently working towards an eagle scout project where I aim to survey the ants of Castlewood Canyon, and then add that to my overall project to survey the ants of Colorado. I am the president LHS Entomology Club, and I aspire to become a myrmecologist (ant scientist) when I graduate and photograph insects around the world. I am an avid ant keeper and am constantly collecting ants everywhere I go I have been collecting ants since 2016. I use a Canon EOS 70D as my camera, and usually use a 60mm macro lense with a flash and diffuser. Many of my photos were taken with different lenses though.
As an ameture myrmecologist, I follow many avenues to familiarize myself with the science. I am one of the youngest active members of the Entomological Society of America, and am in contact with many experts to help me answer any questions I may have about entomology. I have visited 4 collections around the united states, and have met many experts in myrmecology. I also have been given an ant wiki contributor account and my posts an photos are not very widespread across the site, but they can be seen on the Carebara longii page (for now). In the future I wish to study one of the most understudied ant family, proceratiinae, because those ants are some of my favorites. When it comes to the study of myrmecology, I don't leave any area unexplored. I am constantly learning more about the science, including but not limited to; phylogenetics, taxonomy, paleo myrmecology, photography, and behavioral ecology of ants.
As you might have determined from the paragraphs above, insects are my passion and I spend a lot of time with them. We often overlook insects and how they affect our everyday lives. I want to make people aware of them with my work. We as humans have given almost all insects a ridiculous stigma as being useless pest, when in reality they are one of the most important animal groups in the tree of life. Insects fill so many niches that otherwise wouldn't happen without them, they pollinate our crops, inspire our inventions, networks, optimization, and are even used in medical research. Without them we simply cannot survive...
- Josiah Kilburn, Entomologist and Photographer