1. Place comb upright so that both sides are exposed.
2. Point a flashlight to spotlight the comb.
3. Place the phone camera on the other side of the comb and take a picture.
The iPhone's small lens confers a distorted, almost fisheye perspective to the scene, while backlighting from the flashlight reinforces the effect. The hardest part, true story, was retrieving the comb without getting stung.
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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. Follow Alex Wild on Twitter