The Strange Cuteness of Insect Portraits

Usually when you see extreme close-ups of insects, they look like terrifying monsters. The segmented eyes, the tiny cilia, the barbed limbs, and so on. But award-winning photographer Igor Siwanowicz manages to make his insect micrography... cute?

He even uses LOL-cats style captions for some of his images, like "OM NOM NOM" or "Who's the Apex Predator Nao?" You'd never believe spiders, mantises and moths could be so lovable when viewed at extreme magnification. Siwanowicz's insect photos won the Olympus BioScapes Competition. Here are some of our favorites — check out more at the link. [Blepharopsis at DeviantArt via Earth Beat]

The Strange Cuteness of Insect Portraits

Oddball

The Strange Cuteness of Insect Portraits

Mantis Baby

The Strange Cuteness of Insect Portraits

Avicularia

The Strange Cuteness of Insect Portraits

Om Nom Nom

The Strange Cuteness of Insect Portraits

Theopompa

The Strange Cuteness of Insect Portraits

Who's The Apex Predator Nao?

The Strange Cuteness of Insect Portraits

Pokemoth

The Strange Cuteness of Insect Portraits

The LoOOok

The Strange Cuteness of Insect Portraits

Mottephobia

The Strange Cuteness of Insect Portraits

Tinsel

The Strange Cuteness of Insect Portraits

iPod on the inside

The Strange Cuteness of Insect Portraits

Stink Bug on Acid

The Strange Cuteness of Insect Portraits

Visitor

The Strange Cuteness of Insect Portraits

Chomp Chomp

The Strange Cuteness of Insect Portraits

Glasswork

The Strange Cuteness of Insect Portraits

Can You Keep A Secret?

The Strange Cuteness of Insect Portraits

Jumping Spider Eyes

The Strange Cuteness of Insect Portraits

Orchis Mantis

The Strange Cuteness of Insect Portraits

Mostly Clear

The Strange Cuteness of Insect Portraits

Moultin'