They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. For Ed Freytag, senior entomologist at the New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board, his latest picture was literally worth half of that.
This is really cool! Freytag was searching for catalpa caterpillars to snap images of when he spotted an acorn weevil under the lower leaves of the catalpa tree. He shifted gears quickly, prodding the insect to move higher so he could get a better shot – and it was worth it.
His highly detailed photo of the acorn weevil was the winner of Pest Control Technology’s annual photography contest, netting him the $500 prize.
Now that’s a serious commitment!
Freytag, who has been with the New Orleans Board for 27 years, took the photo while on vacation in August in Missouri. As lifelong bug enthusiasts ourselves, we can’t help but admire his commitment to the insect world.
But Freytag didn’t even know how great a photo he’d snapped until he reviewed the digital image on the camera’s LCD screen.
As he reviewed the several shots he had taken of the weevil, he noticed that its body was covered in scales and fine hair that was not easily visible to the naked eye. Let’s be honest – most of us never want to get so close to a bug that we can see every hair.
But Freytag selected the best image and submitted it for the contest.
What a Winner!
The PCT judges were impressed with the detail on the shot, also noting the contrast between the green leaf and the brown weevil and the distinct drops of water.
PCT has been running the contest for 15 years.
If you’re seeing bugs you weren’t expecting in your house or yard, give us a call. We’re happy to come out and take a look – you might even qualify for our Term-Assure 365 program! You never know until you ask!