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Since his earliest years Piotr Naskrecki has been fascinated by smaller and generally neglected organisms, such as insects, crustaceans, or millipedes. His professional background in zoology and entomology allows him to see his often nearly microscopic photographic subjects as complex, important members of every biological community. In his photography he tries to bring to light aspects of their behavior or appearance that often go unnoticed. Piotr obtained his doctorate at the University of Connecticut, where he studied katydid evolution, and the relationships between hummingbirds and tiny mites that live in flowers pollinated by these birds. Piotr's path to wildlife photography begun as an attempt to simply document his scientific findings, but has quickly turned into a major part of his life.

Piotr has worked in remote places on six continents both as a biologist and a photographer, and many of his images show organisms never photographed before. He spends most of his time working on and photographing invertebrate animals in Central America, and West and southern Africa. He is deeply involved in efforts to protect invertebrates worldwide, and leads an invertebrate conservation program within a non-profit organization Conservation International. He currently lives in Massachusetts, and his scientific base is Harvard University.

Piotr's images have been published in a number of magazines and books, both popular and scientific. His most recent book, "The Smaller Majority", highlights the beauty and behavioral uniqueness of small invertebrates and vertebrates that dominate the tropics, and discusses environmental and human threats to their survival.
Malagasy Web-footed Frog (Boophis luteus) clinging to limb, Madagascar  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298106 Malagasy Web-footed Frog (Boophis luteus) clinging to limb, Madagascar© Piotr Naskrecki
Spiked Spider (Gasteracantha sp), Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00496645 Spiked Spider (Gasteracantha sp), Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique© Piotr Naskrecki
African Giant Black Millipede (Archispirostreptus gigas) in tree, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00496671 African Giant Black Millipede (Archispirostreptus gigas) in tree, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique© Piotr Naskrecki
Weaver Ant (Oecophylla sp) group carrying snail to their nest, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00496711 Weaver Ant (Oecophylla sp) group carrying snail to their nest, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique© Piotr Naskrecki
Grasshopper camouflaged on pebbles, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00496714 Grasshopper camouflaged on pebbles, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique© Piotr Naskrecki
Footman Moth (Amata sp) displaying warning coloration, Goronogosa National Park, Mozambique  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00544933 Footman Moth (Amata sp) displaying warning coloration, Goronogosa National Park, Mozambique© Piotr Naskrecki
Dung Beetle (Kheper aegyptiorum) pair rolling dung ball, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00544936 Dung Beetle (Kheper aegyptiorum) pair rolling dung ball, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique© Piotr Naskrecki
Fantastic Leaf-tail Gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus) clinging to a twig, Madagascar  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298283 Fantastic Leaf-tail Gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus) clinging to a twig, Madagascar© Piotr Naskrecki
Earthworm pair, Atewa Range Forest Reserve, Ghana  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00427023 Earthworm pair, Atewa Range Forest Reserve, Ghana© Piotr Naskrecki
Pygmy Leaf-folding Frog (Afrixalus vibekensis), Atewa Range, Ghana  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00427121 Pygmy Leaf-folding Frog (Afrixalus vibekensis), Atewa Range, Ghana© Piotr Naskrecki
Scorpions mother carrying young where they protected by her stinger until capable of hunting on their own, Brownsberg Reserve, Surinam. Sequence 1 of 2  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00427198 Scorpions mother carrying young where they protected by her stinger until capable of hunting on their own, Brownsberg Reserve, Surinam. Sequence 1 of 2© Piotr Naskrecki
Grasshopper with aposematic coloration aerates toxic blood as a defensive behavior, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00427256 Grasshopper with aposematic coloration aerates toxic blood as a defensive behavior, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa© Piotr Naskrecki
Leafcutter Ant (Atta cephalotes) worker on leaf protecting larger workers carrying leaf from parasitoid flies, Costa Rica  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00476944 Leafcutter Ant (Atta cephalotes) worker on leaf protecting larger workers carrying leaf from parasitoid flies, Costa Rica© Piotr Naskrecki
Cross Frog (Oreophryne sp), newly discovered species, eggs, Papua New Guinea  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00477013 Cross Frog (Oreophryne sp), newly discovered species, eggs, Papua New Guinea© Piotr Naskrecki
Tessaratomid (Tessaratomidae) nymph with warning coloration, Papua New Guinea  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00477018 Tessaratomid (Tessaratomidae) nymph with warning coloration, Papua New Guinea© Piotr Naskrecki
Jumping Spider (Salticidae), Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00486881 Jumping Spider (Salticidae), Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique© Piotr Naskrecki
Yellow-spotted Tree Frog (Leptopelis flavomaculatus), Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00496513 Yellow-spotted Tree Frog (Leptopelis flavomaculatus), Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique© Piotr Naskrecki
Common Flat-tail Gecko (Uroplatus fimbriatus) its mouth is fitted with more teeth than that of any other land animal, to help capture frogs and other small, slippery animals, Madagascar  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298290 Common Flat-tail Gecko (Uroplatus fimbriatus) its mouth is fitted with more teeth than that of any other land animal, to help capture frogs and other small, slippery animals, Madagascar© Piotr Naskrecki
Centipede, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00496742 Centipede, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique© Piotr Naskrecki
Leaf Katydid (Hyperphrona irregularis) profile, Costa Rica  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298025 Leaf Katydid (Hyperphrona irregularis) profile, Costa Rica© Piotr Naskrecki
Costa Rican Dragonfly (Gynacantha tibiata) awaiting the end of rain to start hunting, Costa Rica  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298079 Costa Rican Dragonfly (Gynacantha tibiata) awaiting the end of rain to start hunting, Costa Rica© Piotr Naskrecki
Splendid Leaf Frog (Agalychnis calcarifer) a rarely seen species associated with natural forest gaps, Costa Rica  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298103 Splendid Leaf Frog (Agalychnis calcarifer) a rarely seen species associated with natural forest gaps, Costa Rica© Piotr Naskrecki
Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) semi-transparent eyelid that allows it to see its surroundings even while resting, Costa Rica  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298104 Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) semi-transparent eyelid that allows it to see its surroundings even while resting, Costa Rica© Piotr Naskrecki
Katydid (Mimetica sp) form that looks like a fallen and partially decomposed leaf, Costa Rica  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298129 Katydid (Mimetica sp) form that looks like a fallen and partially decomposed leaf, Costa Rica© Piotr Naskrecki
Katydid (Plastocorypha vandicana) the black, blue, and orange coloration probably serves as warning to predators, Guinea, West Africa  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298137 Katydid (Plastocorypha vandicana) the black, blue, and orange coloration probably serves as warning to predators, Guinea, West Africa© Piotr Naskrecki
Ponerine Ant (Ectatomma tuberculatum) guards a nectar filled flower of Firebush (Hamelia patens), Costa Rica  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298165 Ponerine Ant (Ectatomma tuberculatum) guards a nectar filled flower of Firebush (Hamelia patens), Costa Rica© Piotr Naskrecki
Swynnerton's Worm Lizard (Chirindiaswynnertoni), Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00496627 Swynnerton's Worm Lizard (Chirindiaswynnertoni), Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique© Piotr Naskrecki
Scorpion (Centruroides limbatus) glows in ultraviolet light, Costa Rica, sequence 2 of 2  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298176 Scorpion (Centruroides limbatus) glows in ultraviolet light, Costa Rica, sequence 2 of 2© Piotr Naskrecki
Ogre-faced Spider (Deinopis sp) do not wait passively for an insect to fall into their web, instead, they cast sticky nets, La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298203 Ogre-faced Spider (Deinopis sp) do not wait passively for an insect to fall into their web, instead, they cast sticky nets, La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica© Piotr Naskrecki
Spiked Spider (Gasteracantha sp) their abdomen, or opisthosoma, is heavily sclerotized and armed with hard spines possibly to protect against birds and lizards, Solomon Islands  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298206 Spiked Spider (Gasteracantha sp) their abdomen, or opisthosoma, is heavily sclerotized and armed with hard spines possibly to protect against birds and lizards, Solomon Islands© Piotr Naskrecki
Weaver Ant (Oecophylla longinoda) workers pulling together leaves and holding them in place until other individuals bring the living tubes of glue, their own larvae, Guinea, West Africa  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298233 Weaver Ant (Oecophylla longinoda) workers pulling together leaves and holding them in place until other individuals bring the living tubes of glue, their own larvae, Guinea, West Africa© Piotr Naskrecki
Balloon-winged Katydid (Tympanophora uvarovi) male nymph, perched on end of stem, Australia  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298335 Balloon-winged Katydid (Tympanophora uvarovi) male nymph, perched on end of stem, Australia© Piotr Naskrecki
African Foam Grasshopper (Dictyophorus cuisinieri) blow air through their blood via their thoracic spiracles, creating foam that gives predators a taste of noxious chemicals, Guinea, West Africa, sequ...  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298365 African Foam Grasshopper (Dictyophorus cuisinieri) blow air through their blood via their thoracic spiracles, creating foam that gives predators a taste of noxious chemicals, Guinea, West Africa, sequ...© Piotr Naskrecki
Peacock Katydid (Pterochroza ocellata) in startle display showing false eyespots on wings, Guyana  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298510 Peacock Katydid (Pterochroza ocellata) in startle display showing false eyespots on wings, Guyana© Piotr Naskrecki
Looper Moth (Geometridae) caterpillars with aposematic coloration, Atewa Range, Ghana  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00427125 Looper Moth (Geometridae) caterpillars with aposematic coloration, Atewa Range, Ghana© Piotr Naskrecki
Three-striped Poison Dart Frog (Ameerega trivittata) male carrying tadpoles, Brownsberg Reserve, Surinam  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00427204 Three-striped Poison Dart Frog (Ameerega trivittata) male carrying tadpoles, Brownsberg Reserve, Surinam© Piotr Naskrecki
Koppie Foam Grasshopper (Dictyophorus spumans) with aposematic coloration to warn predators about their toxins, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00427255 Koppie Foam Grasshopper (Dictyophorus spumans) with aposematic coloration to warn predators about their toxins, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa© Piotr Naskrecki
Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) group crawling ashore during high tide to lay their eggs, Delaware  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00476977 Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) group crawling ashore during high tide to lay their eggs, Delaware© Piotr Naskrecki
Cross Frog (Oreophryne sp) male protecting his clutch of eggs, Papua New Guinea  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00477057 Cross Frog (Oreophryne sp) male protecting his clutch of eggs, Papua New Guinea© Piotr Naskrecki
Flag-footed Bug (Anisocelis flavolineata), Barbilla National Park, Costa Rica  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00478781 Flag-footed Bug (Anisocelis flavolineata), Barbilla National Park, Costa Rica© Piotr Naskrecki
Katydid (Tympanoptera sp) undergoing its final molt, New Britain, Papua New Guinea  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00479020 Katydid (Tympanoptera sp) undergoing its final molt, New Britain, Papua New Guinea© Piotr Naskrecki
Matabele Ant (Pachycondyla analis) group carrying pupa, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00496566 Matabele Ant (Pachycondyla analis) group carrying pupa, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique© Piotr Naskrecki
Turnip-tailed Gecko (Thecadactylus rapicauda), Suriname  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00498697 Turnip-tailed Gecko (Thecadactylus rapicauda), Suriname© Piotr Naskrecki
Murombodzi Falls, Mount Gorongosa, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00496700 Murombodzi Falls, Mount Gorongosa, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique© Piotr Naskrecki
Grasshopper camouflaged on pebbles, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00496715 Grasshopper camouflaged on pebbles, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique© Piotr Naskrecki
Katydid (Tettigoniidae) in defensive posture, Suriname  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00498529 Katydid (Tettigoniidae) in defensive posture, Suriname© Piotr Naskrecki
D'orbigny's Round-eared Bat (Lophostoma silvicolum), Suriname  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00498585 D'orbigny's Round-eared Bat (Lophostoma silvicolum), Suriname© Piotr Naskrecki
Emilia's Gracile Mouse Opossum (Gracilinanus emiliae), Suriname  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00498603 Emilia's Gracile Mouse Opossum (Gracilinanus emiliae), Suriname© Piotr Naskrecki
Three-striped Poison Dart Frog (Ameerega trivittata) male carrying tadpoles, Suriname  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00498611 Three-striped Poison Dart Frog (Ameerega trivittata) male carrying tadpoles, Suriname© Piotr Naskrecki
Goliath Bird-eating Spider (Theraphosa blondi) and hand, Suriname  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00542026 Goliath Bird-eating Spider (Theraphosa blondi) and hand, Suriname© Piotr Naskrecki
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