Igor Siwanowicz’s pictures of praying mantises, stag beetles

1. Two Papuan Stag Beetle males fight in Wamena, Indonesia

Igor Siwanowicz's pictures of praying mantises, stag beetles

2. Two male African Pseudempusa pinnapavonis  show their colours.

Igor Siwanowicz's pictures of praying mantises, stag beetles

3. Igor, 35, a research specialist at Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Igor Siwanowicz's pictures of praying mantises, stag beetles

4. I keep around fifteen animals, including three African 

Igor Siwanowicz's pictures of praying mantises, stag beetles

5. Igor insists that all the insects are alive during the shooting.

Igor Siwanowicz's pictures of praying mantises, stag beetles

6. He says he hopes to change misconceptions that insects

Igor Siwanowicz's pictures of praying mantises, stag beetles

7. Igor uses macro photography to capture his models

Igor Siwanowicz's pictures of praying mantises, stag beetles

8. “…but the stag beetles really go at each other,” said Igor.

Igor Siwanowicz's pictures of praying mantises, stag beetles

9. Two land hermit crabs from Biak Island, Papua, Indonesia

Igor Siwanowicz's pictures of praying mantises, stag beetles



10. Two baby Fischer’s chameleons are seen in a photo composition

Igor Siwanowicz's pictures of praying mantises, stag beetles