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Saudi photojournalist registers rare insects for over 15 years

A Saudi photojournalist has devoted his efforts to move between the Kingdom’s regions, for more than 15 years, in search of rare and exotic insects, in many of their settlement sites.

He aims at excellence and creativity in using high-quality technology “macro”, showing the beauty of insects, and introducing their different types and virtues.

Photographer Adel Muhammad spoke to Al, saying: “I am passionate about photographing insects of all kinds and different forms, searching for their types, monitoring their behaviour and knowing their place of origin.”

“I aim to provide a large amount of information about insects that I document in many locations, most notably the Fifa Mountains, Al Baha, Jeddah, Taif, Jazan, Asir, and the highlands of the Sarawat Mountains,” he explained.

He moved between swamps, farms and forests and searched for them on leaves, flowers, and roses to monitor and photograph many types of insects.

“I have photographed dragonflies, mantis, and Coleoptera, as well as butterflies, green grasshoppers, red hornets and black locusts”, he said.

The photographer indicated that each region and season has specific insects. In the summer, the July beetle appears, and it is more specialized in figs.

He explained that there are many behaviours of insects that strongly impact the environment’s balance.

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