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Updated: 12/13/2012 08:00:07AM

What’s bugging
the artist of the month

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PHOTO BY BILL EVOY

Who knew a grasshopper could smile? It certainly appears that way in Bill Evoy's close-up photo of a local species. See this and other insect photos at DeSoto Memorial Hospital.

PHOTO BY BILL EVOY

At this magnification, the face of a Blue Dasher dragonfly looks like an alien creature. Bill Evoy has specilized in close-up photography of local insects.

PHOTO BY BILL EVOY

A Dun Skipper feeding on Frog Fruit is a very small and active subject for photographer Bill Evoy, who specializes in macro photography of insects. His work will be on view at DeSoto Memorial Hospital all month.

PHOTO BY BILL EVOY

A Black Swallowtail caterepiller munches on parsley in this close-up view. See Bill Evoy's photos at DeSoto Memorial Hospital all month.

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December’s Artist of the Month is Bill Evoy, an emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of Miami.  In his biological research career, he specialized in small animal locomotion.  By small, we’re talking crayfish or smaller.  Part of this work involved film and video photography, where he developed some basic skills behind the camera.  Later his research interests translated to trying to capture butterflies in flight and landing on host plants.

Since retiring in 2003 and moving full time to Arcadia, Bill has been able to spend much more time with nature photography than before.  He switched to digital photography about 5½ years ago, documenting his wife Jean’s interest in identifying the butterflies, moths and dragonflies of our area.  This documentation led to Bill’s specialization, close-up portraits of tiny critters.  In the last few months, Bill began to notice that some of his “pets” have very amusing faces.  Hence the main theme of this offering, “Bug Mugs,” is a change from the usual side or top views of the whole critter and the plant that has attracted it.

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