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Gold-Banded Life Model

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It’s astonishing and revealing when you discover just how sensitive and alert even the smallest insect can be. Often a little creature like this will try to keep a barrier of some sort (stem of leaf, usually) between the camera and himself. So getting a straight-on portrait like this can be a real challenge.
Even if we don’t understand the mechanism (because their eyes are so different from ours) they can obviously see very well. Just like the octopus, with no ‘advanced’ mammalian or avian brain, is nonetheless brilliantly intelligent, it seems to me all animals experience life very much as we do. It’s just the trappings that are different.

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You can find miracles in just a few square feet of garden space – I can’t imagine being without my living museum outside my front door.

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