Image Use

All of the images featured on this website are available for licensing for use in publications and online periodicals. Please find my guidelines for usage below:

Commercial Usage
Images may be licensed for commercial use via the “add-to-cart” button accompanying each image in the galleries. Select the “Downloads” tab to view various size and pricing options. If you are ordering multiple images, or would like a rights-managed contract, I offer discounts. Email me cbnatphoto [@] with the details of your project. Examples of commercial use include: company web pages, product labels, books, merchandise, magazines, most apps, and educational products.

License fees vary depending on the use, but generally fall between $50 and $500 per image.

Non-Profit Use
Registered non-profit organizations may be able to license my work at discounted rates, or free of charge, depending on the context of use. Contact me for an estimate; prior permission is required.

Classroom Use
Educational classroom use by students, teachers, and researchers is free of license fees, strongly encouraged, and does not require prior permission as long as the use does not involve uploading images to the internet. If the project involves posting my photographs to the internet, prior permission is required and images must be accompanied by a visible photo credit and a link back to

I do not allow my work to be used in projects involving uploads to sites that apply a blanket Creative Commons license. This means my photographs cannot be used on Wikipedia, Wikispaces, and other similar sites.

Conference Presentations
Participants of academic conferences are welcome to use my photographs in presentations and posters without prior permission. I require images to be accompanied by a credit (© Clay Bolt |

Journal Articles/Technical Papers
Use of my photographs in the scientific literature is considered commercial use and requires a paid licensing agreement.

Social Media – Commercial
Use of my photographs in social media (facebook, blogs, twitter, etc.) by commercial entities is the same as “Commercial Use” (above) and requires a licensing agreement.

Social Media – Personal
People acting in a personal capacity are welcome to share my photographs on blogs, web pages, and social media accounts without prior permission, provided that all images are accompanied by a link back to Failure to attribute an image properly may result in a takedown notice to the web host.

Derivative Artworks
Prior permission is required to copy all or parts of my photographs in derivative artworks. Some adaptations I may consider to be Fair Use, others will require a formal licensing agreement. The only way to be sure is to ask.

Copyright Infringement Policy
Unauthorized non-commercial uses of my copyrighted images and text are subject to DMCA takedown requests without advance notice.

Unauthorized commercial infringements of my copyrighted images will be met with invoices covering my regular commercial-use fees plus a $50 infringement handling fee per image. Infringement invoices are non-negotiable, and non-payment of infringement invoices will result in legal action to recover statutory damage as outlined in Title 17, § 504, of the United States copyright laws.

All of the images on are registered copyright with the U.S. copyright office.

Special thanks to Alex Wild for allowing  me to adopt guidelines that were originally published on Alex’s site is an excellent resource for a variety of insect images.