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Marpissa muscosa, biggest jumping spider of western Europe, feline of the macro world, with your cat way to move, hunt and jump, your beautiful clean fur, your big blue eyes and the never ending curiosity you show about the world around you.
Photo and caption by Olivier Roland
Ladybugs Amphipods-cyproideidae. The size of these ladybugs are 1/4 of a rice grain. To get two in focus was a challenge because they keep moving and they are super tiny.
Photo and caption by Fransisca Harlijanto
The camouflage that Weedy seadragons use to hide in the temperate marine vegetation they derive their name from, is so successful that once they reach adulthood they have no natural predators. Unfortunately they are still at risk due to habitat destruction. The males of the species carry the bright pink, fertilized eggs underneath their tale for about two months before the fully formed young hatch and are left to fend for themselves.
Photo and caption by Richard Wylie
A trip to Mustang Island State Park, TX brought an amazing sight of a gelatinous mass spread across the sands of the beach. Washed ashore were hundreds of fragile blue bubbles of Portuguese Man-of War, named after the Portuguese Man-of-War battleship. Their translucent blue, pink and violet colors sparked in the early morning sunshine drawing me closer to them for observation. Their crest on top looked like sails. Their bodies looked like squishy clear jell-o spreading across the beach sands.
Photo and caption by Diana Webb
Close Encounter of the Insect Kind: Check out the awesome face on this praying mantis. I can't get over the mouth, it's like something from a science fiction movie. Of all photographic styles macro is definitely my favorite. I am constantly amazed, in every photo that I take, by the intricate level of detail that exists on even the smallest of creatures. It's a stark reminder that a very complex and infinitely beautiful world exists just beyond our human-sized level of perception.
Photo and caption by Andrew Young
This is a Blue Damselfly hunting for prey on a Tiger Lily leaf in the midday sun
Photo and caption by Charles Dillane
I was mesmerized by this orchid which on close up was looking like a one of those exquisite masks from the Venice Carnival.
Photo and caption by claude de joybert
Photo and caption by Chad Meyer
A close pass to my cage from one of the locals, off the coast of Isla Guadalupe.
Location: Isla Guadalupe, Mexico
Photo and caption by Richard Dennis
Fiji Reef, Sep 2011
Location: Somewhere in Fiji