A standard iPhone 4S doesn't normally have the oomph to photograph insects. Unless the insects are extremely big. A five-inch long Chinese mantis fills the frame at the iPhone's minimum focus distance.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Alex Wild is Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas at Austin, where he 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.