By Lars-Åke Janzon, John Hallmén
Insects tend to be so small that we not often discover them, not to mention reflect on them as dwelling beings. yet name upon the magnifying glass, and a shapeless jumble of legs, wings, and antennae unexpectedly commence staring again at us.
About eighty percentage of the Earth's animals are bugs. whereas there are literally thousands of diverse species, we hardly ever see lots of them . . . previously. because of the images of John Hallmén, who took a digicam and magnified those brilliant creatures 100 occasions, we will be able to see what we've by no means been in a position to see before.
Bugs Up Close takes readers on a trip right into a international hardly visible, with fabulous images of such bugs as:
Yellow meadow ants
Black fungus beetles
And many more!
The range of this insect civilization is notable and unknown to so much. An insect we could by no means have suggestion two times approximately now feels like a creature from outer area. attention-grabbing and a bit of large info similar to compound eyes, antennae, and sharp mouth components are noticeable, and with textual content through Lars-Åke Janzon, Bugs Up Close is an awesome shut investigate the unusual and lovely global of insects.
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This is also true with some arachnids, like running crab spiders and 58 stretch spiders—sitting still and being camouflaged makes it easier to evade predators, such as birds. Camouflage can be enhanced by spots and patterns that make the animal disappear into the surface on which it’s situated. Of course, camouflage can also be used the other way around, by predators that don’t want the prey to catch sight of them. 59 60 Slender crab spider Tibellus sp. Body length: 11 mm | Södermanland (Nackareservatet Nature Reserve), 1 exposure Slender crab spiders are unusually elongated members of the running crab spider family.
Atricapillus, 57 Body length: 16 mm | Södermanland (Nackareservatet Nature Reserve), 36 exposures Most robberflies look terribly intimidating when you observe them at close range. Their bodies are often covered in thorns, bristles, and hairs. But when it comes to armor, they are meekly equipped. It was once thought that robberflies survived by drinking the blood of livestock and larger mammals, but we now know that they hunt insects, though some also prey on spiders. The fly in the image might be the species atricapillus, but it might also be some other related species.
The male’s muzzle is only slightly broadened and is as long as the head and the body together. Apple fruit weevils are different than most weevils because of their extended muzzle. Nowadays regarded as a distinct group, they are separated from the weevils, as their antennae are straight and all the antennae segments are approximately equal in length. Other weevils’ antennae, however, usually lie down with a long handle at the back. 34 Devil’s coach-horse beetle Staphylinus olens Body length: 27 mm | Studio, 203 exposures This devil’s coach-horse beetle is a predator, which can be seen by its sharp, pointed, and jagged upper jaws.