2014 was a busy year, and an odd one in terms of subject matter. Usually my stream is full of ants. I am trained as an ant biologist, after all, and these charming social insects typically weigh heavily in my photographs (see 2013, 2012, 2011).

I've been broadening my scope, though. Wandering out of my comfort zone, as far afield as mosquitoes and (gasp!) spiders, not a single of my personal picks from 2014 actually covers my favorite animal. I hope you enjoy these departures.