Friday, March 11, 2011

Truly Amazing Insect Photography – By Izidor Gasperlin

Scientists have discovered and cataloged over 800,000 insects worldwide! On top of that, somewhere between 7,000 to 10,000 new insects are discovered each year. And, most scientists believe that there are anywhere from 1,000,000 to an amazing 10,000,000 new insects in the world still waiting to be discovered.
Below we have an awesome collection of insect photos from photographer Izidor Gasperlin. Please enjoy…
Two Dragonflies on a Flower
Welcome to the Party!
The insect world includes all types of wonderful six-legged creatures. These include animals like butterflies, crickets, grasshoppers, bees, ants, flies, beetles, cockroaches, termites, and more.
Cricket CloseUp Photo
Amazing Cricket Photo
Some insects are a nuisance – plain and simple. They spread disease (mosquitos), damage crops (locusts), are just plain annoying (house flies – ugh!), and the like. But, the overwhelming majority of insects serve a very valuable purpose in nature. These insects serve as food for fish, birds, frogs and other animals. They pollinate crops, eat / destroy other harmful insects, give us honey (thank you, bees!), bees wax, and silk. And, they also help to keep the environment clean by consuming dead animals and rotting vegetation.
Praying Mantis Praymantis Photo
Am I Cute or What?
Closeup Insect Photo Looks Like ET
E.T. Phone Home!
Insects have inhabited the Earth for at least 4,000,000 years and have survived for this long because of their unique ability to adapt to climate change, temperature swings, and other environmental issues. Plus, they can / will eat just about anything!
Beautiful Butterfly Photo
Praying Mantis Photo
Looks Like an Alien Visitor
Dragonflies on a Beautiful Flower
More of the Dragonfly Party
It has been said that one mile of land contains more insects than the total number of human beings on planet Earth. That’s nearly 7 Billion insects per square mile of land!
Beetle Up Close and Personal
Beetle with Morning Dew
Close Up Butterfly Image
Hello There!
The heaviest insect on record is the Goliath Beetle. This species can reach 4.33 inches in length from the frontal horns to the end of the abdomen. And, they can weigh up to 3.5 ounces. That’s almost a quarter of a pound!
Amazing Insect Photo
Covered by Water Drops
More Amazing Insect Facts:
  • The fastest land-moving insects are tropical cockroaches. They can move at a rate of 50 body lengths per second. This is equivalent to a human being running the 100 yard dash in 1 second – approximately 200 MPH.
  • The Anopheles mosquito, which carries the malaria parasite Plasmodium, is believed to be responsible for 1/2 of the human deaths in world history – outside of war and accidental death – since the Stone Age.
  • The longest insect on record is the “Stick Bug” from rain forests of Borneo. The largest such specimen is on display in the Natural History Museum, London and its body is 12.9 inches long! Its total length with legs included is 20 inches long.
  • An Australian dragon fly was clocked at an amazing 36 MPH.
  • Centipedes in southern Europe are credited as the insect with the “most legs.” They have 177 pairs of legs!

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