Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Mosquito larva in polarized light once again
Mosquito seemed to be one of my most successful objects. I took hundreds of shots of that elegant creature shining from inside due to polarized light, but showed only few in my previous post. This monster does not look anything like the annoying winged adult, they peacefully feed on algae and other aquatic stuff, they have to dodge countless predators such as fish and various aquatic larvae of insects that absolutely adore mosquitoes... as snack. Their lives must be extremal hard. And though you probably hate them, I hope these pictures can provoke at least some sympathy towards the insect that you slap on the daily basis. After all, they are a very important component of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems... every time they bite you, they feed the fish that you love... at least as a snack.
Editing of the images took me quite a while, and I posted only part of that picture before (the headshot). Now you can see it in full glory as I learned how to be fast and efficient at editing. I will not post anything bigger, but you still can study larva's anatomy on close ups.
Now the brightfield:
And of course - the whole version!
Thanks for watching! I'll add these pictures to the website as they have very impressive resolution, something around 17x19+ inch at 300ppi (the darkfield is much bigger than that), although I doubt anyone would want to have a giant mosquito larva on the wall=)