As far as wildlife goes, insects are surely the backbone of the natural world!  They provide the majority of plant pollination and are the main source of food for an untold number of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and arachnids.  Insects help to decompose waste materials.  They fly, crawl, and swim.  There are estimated to be more than 30 million different insect species, and most of them have never even been described (identified as a new species).  Insects can be found on every continent, and in nearly any habitat on the planet.  Our understanding of these incredible little creatures is only in it’s infancy!  They can be soft-bodied, or bearing very hard shells.  Insects are fascinating, and can represent every color imaginable!  This album is mostly characterized by macro pictures of these beautiful creatures which are all around us constantly, yet we so easily pass them by, blind to this subtle magic right before our eyes.

Butterflies & Moths

The notion of such such a bizarre (and occasionally creepy) life form as a caterpillar morphing into something as beautiful and elegant as a butterfly is perhaps one of life’s greatest paradoxes.  While butterflies, being such flamboyant creatures of the sun, receive such attention, moths, their cousins from a world of (mostly) darkness and mystery…

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