Photo: Silvia Andrade
Strangely Beautiful Photos of Tiny Bugs
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Strangely Beautiful Photos of Tiny Bugs

The seed beetles in Silvia Andrade's photographs, typically known as weevils, measure less than 5 millimeters and could easily go unnoticed by humansbut she's hoping they won't. Andrade's aim is to, quite literally, help us zoom in on some of nature's most miniscule, near-invisible wonders. Andrade, whose photographs are being shown in Brooklyn Bridge Park through October as part of Photoville's "The Fence," uses a scanning electron microscope, then digitally colors the weevils to highlight the different textures. "Thanks to new technology and the development of science," the Mexico City-based artist writes in an email, "we can see beyond our eyes."

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Carpophilus sp. beetle (frontal view)
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Carpophilus sp. beetle (dorsal view)
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Purple color elytra (wings)
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Megacerus tricolor female
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Elytra (wings)
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Megacerus cubículus female beetle
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Megacerus cubículus male beetle
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Megacerus porosos male beetle
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Megacerus porosos beetle (head)
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Megacerus tricolor female beetle (dorsal view)
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