Mycterophallus duboulayi is a chafer beetle and like all of its kind loves flowers and hot sunny weather. Photo credit: Stanley and Kaisa Breeden
Photographers Stanley and Kaisa Breeden have focused their lenses on some very small forms of life.
The pair are masters of ‘focal stacking’ photography, in which they merge images to create an otherwise unachievable depth-of-field.
Here, they’ve used their skills to bring out some of nature’s smallest details, from the amazingly delicate textures of moth wings to the curled-up form of a sleeping
In this defence posture, the caterpillar of the fruit-piercing moth (Eudocima fullonia) has stretched segments of its body to enlarge the ‘eyes’ on its skin – a ploy to discourage predators. The moth is as striking as the caterpillar. Photo credit: Stanley and Kaisa Breeden
All these images can be found in their book, Small Wonders: A close look at nature’s miniatures.
Stag beetles like this splendid Mueller’s stag beetle (Phalacrognathus muelleri) are not endowed with antlers but with enlarged and reinforced mandibles. The ‘antlers’ are really its jaws. Photo credit: Stanley and Kaisa Breeden