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Fascinating photographs of our micro universe

Extreme Macro Photograph – Ant Eye

An ant’s head contains many sensory organs. Like most insects, ants have compound eyes made from numerous tiny lenses attached together.

Ant eyes are good for acute movement detection, but do not offer a high resolution image. They also have three small ocelli (simple eyes) on the top of the head that detect light levels and polarization.


Compared to vertebrates, most ants have poor-to-mediocre eyesight and a few subterranean species are completely blind.



Extreme Macro Photograph – The Fly

True flies are insects of the order Diptera, the name being derived from the Greek di = two, and ptera = wings. Insects of this order use only a single pair of wings to fly, the hindwings being reduced to club-like balancing organs known as halteres.

Diptera is a large order containing an estimated 1,000,000 species.


This extreme macro photograph by Johann Swanepoel was created by combining over 200 individual images in order to provide the size and depth required.