It’s not often I’ll cite the rightwing UK newspaper The Daily Mail, but yesterday – as spotted by  Nelly Gidaszewski (PhD class of 07) – they picked up on an amazing set of photos by Polish amateur photographer Mirosław Świętek. Świętek, a 37 year old physiotherapist, went out into the woods at about 3am and took these stunning photos of dew-covered insects. There’s a Drosophilid in there, just for me and Jerry. Apart from their beauty, these photos show the way that physical characteristics change depending on what size you are. When you are the size of an insect, being covered in dew is primarily a problem of aerodynamics and temperature, not getting wet! You can see more of Świętek’s amazing macro photos here.

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