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My best photographs of 2013

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Since I made everyone else share a selection of their best photos, it is only fair that I post my own favorites from the past year. Click on each to view large.

Close up of a honey bee (Apis mellifera) covered in dandelion pollen. Focus-stacked composite image. Illinois, USA.

A honey bee (Apis mellifera) pollinates a common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). Illinois, USA.

A parasitioid wasp (Telonomus sp.) inserts her eggs into an egg of an owl butterfly. Cayó District, Belize.

A parasitic mermithid nematode bursts forth from the abdomen of a trap-jaw ant, killing it. Cayó District, Belize.

An ant-decapitating fly (Apocephalus sp.) moves in on a carpenter ant. Illinois, USA.

A male eastern firefly (Photinus pyralis) signals to females in mid-air. Illinois, USA.

White was the first sex-linked gene discovered in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. Laboratory stock at the University of California, San Diego.

Kidnapper ants (Polyergus mexicanus) carry pupae they have captured during a late afternoon raid. Illinois, USA.

Cocoons of the parasitoid wasp Cotesia line the back of a tomato hornworm. Illinois, USA.

2013 was the year I became a dad- forgive my sneaking in a photo of my newborn daughter!

Alex Wild About the Author: Alex Wild is an Illinois-based entomologist who studies the evolutionary history of ants. In 2003 he founded a photography business as an aesthetic complement to his scientific work, and his natural history photographs appear in numerous museums, books, and media outlets. Follow on Twitter @myrmecos.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. tcmacrae 8:38 pm 01/4/2014

    The fruit fly gets my “best of” vote, followed closely by the Telonomus egg parasitoid. Of course, they’re all fantastic. The new larva gets “cutest” vote.

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  2. 2. Alex Wild in reply to Alex Wild 9:00 pm 01/4/2014

    Thanks, Ted! What, you don’t think the mermithid is the cutest?

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  3. 3. michmarl 11:06 am 01/6/2014

    The parasitoid on the butterfly eggs is my favorite; just a stunner. But all are great photos. And congrats on becoming a dad. :o )

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  4. 4. jaythakar 11:28 pm 01/6/2014

    ….. forgive my sneaking in a photo of my newborn daughter!… I think she knows it! Look at the wink. I think that is the best photo!

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