At first glance you would think that these spiders have been turned into a walking art project, but in fact they are naturally decorated with the sequin-esque reflective pieces on their backs.
These spiders are appropriately called mirrored, or sequined spiders and they can actually change the size of the reflective patches, depending on if they are on the move or at rest, threatened or relaxed.
Venture over to photographer Nicky Bay’s website to see some more (and less pretty) macro shots of spiders.
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At DNA 11 we are no strangers to the fact that art and science can be combined, or even the result of one another. Over at Princeton University they share the same feelings, so they put on an art exhibit — featuring images from the science department.
There were more than 250 submissions for the exhibit, and over 4o photos in the final show. Take a look at a few of them below!
Fruit Fly Factory — The cross-section of ovarioles from fruit flies
Fungus Among Us — A network of strands of fungal spores
Living Architecture — Army ants creating a bridge to protect their queen
Watermarks — Patterns on New Jersey’s coast
Now That I Have Your Attention — High voltage being applied to a Tesla coil
A Cave of Crystals — A protein from cow’s blood turns into a crystal shell as it evaporates
These images look like fine art paintings – but they’re not. They’re actually made from layers of microscopic images.
Artist Rebecca Clews takes hundreds of microscopic images, and combines them until they create a final work she is happy with. Many of the color and texture combinations look like abstract landscapes that reflect her growing up in rural New Mexico. The microscopes became a fixture in her work through school, and her parents background as scientists.
Take a look at some of the amazing work she has created, piece by piece.
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When you think of bees, you might not immediately think of them as majestic, beautiful or even positive in any way. Photographer and naturalist Clay Bolt has set out to change that.
The photographs were taken for the Beautiful Bees project, and aim to change the way we think about, research and see bees. You can see from the photographs that there are many kinds of this frequently-hated insect, and a closer look reveals colors and features that are often overlooked and endearing.
Seeing the bees this way, Bolt hopes will help people to respect and protect the nature around them. See more photographs of bees, and other insects, birds and amphibians on Bolt’s website.
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