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January 31, 2012

Igor Siwanowicz wins Nikon Small World Contest


Regular readers will recall Siwanowicz's first appearance here on December 1 of last year, a series of his exquisite photographs of insects.
I received the following email yesterday from Siwanowicz's wife Lisa:
Hi Joe,
I am Lisa Siwanowicz, and my husband Igor and I really enjoy your blog! I just discovered it this weekend on a random internet search thing, and we had fun looking at it! Then I saw that you had some of Igor's photos on your site!
Thanks! Keep up the fun blog! Cheers!
Lisa Siwanowicz
That brightened my afternoon and I emailed her back to tell her so, adding that I hope I credited him properly.
She responded:
You totally gave him credit! We don't have a website, photography is just a hobby, he's a neurobiologist by day. If folks want prints, though, they can contact me at this address: [email protected], it's fine to publish it if you like. Cheers!
And that was that until this, in at 8:27 p.m. yesterday:
Cool... thanks... you may add that he won the Nikon Small World Contest for 2011!
Lisa & Igor
The winning photo is up top.

The LiveScience photo caption:

First place in the 2011 Nikon Small World photograph competition went to this photograph of an itsy-bitsy green lacewing larva. The bug landed on photographer Igor Siwanowicz and bit him; Siwanowicz retaliated by turning the insect into art. CREDIT: Dr. Igor Siwanowicz, Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsried, Germany.

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Here is a posterior (top side) view of the larva. http://www.commanster.eu/commanster/Insects/Misc/Neuroptera/Chrysotropia.ciliata.html

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Feb 1, 2012 4:40:48 PM

thanks 6.02*10^23, makes sense.

Posted by: tamra | Feb 1, 2012 3:42:35 PM

I have a bit of a problem with the caption: "The bug landed on photographer ..." Because landing on the photographer isn't very likely where this is the larval form and it walks (very small distances) to its prey.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Feb 1, 2012 2:32:33 PM

See, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysopa for a more recognizable image of the adult insect. The larva are predatory (this is a photo of the anterior side of the larva) and feed on Aphids. I am not an entomologist, but as an avid fly tier I suspect that the structures that are so brightly colored are the developing wings.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Feb 1, 2012 10:23:59 AM

I'm just trying to figure it out. Did he retaliate by splaying him open and dying his innards, or does this bug look like that?

Posted by: tamra | Feb 1, 2012 1:52:40 AM

he bit the wrong/right guy

Posted by: sherlock | Jan 31, 2012 11:31:16 PM

I'm so glad insects are the size they are in my world. Sweet Mother of God.

Posted by: friskypainter | Jan 31, 2012 10:45:58 PM

Yep, it's a good thing insects are the size they are in my world. Sweet Mother of God.

Posted by: friskypainter | Jan 31, 2012 10:40:32 PM

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