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See nature in a whole new light

Published 7:32 PM ET, Tue December 15, 2015
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A female bloody-nosed beetle (Timarcha tenebricosa) was photographed in a light box to reveal all the nuances of its dominant black color. It's one of the many images in Philippe Martin's book "Hyper Nature." Philippe Martin/Firefly Books
A crowned orb weaver (Araneus diadematus) Philippe Martin/Firefly Books
Phymateus saxosus madagascariensis, perhaps the most beautiful cricket in the world, is limited to medium-altitude regions of Madagascar. Philippe Martin/Firefly Books
A male European rhinoceros beetle (Oryctes nasicornis) Philippe Martin/Firefly Books
A small female fly (Phaonia valida) Philippe Martin/Firefly Books
Pygora lenocinia is a small, multicolored beetle with iridescent metallic reflections. Philippe Martin/Firefly Books
The male stag beetle (Lucanus cervus) is the largest beetle in Europe. Philippe Martin/Firefly Books
A male demoiselle damselfly (Calopteryx virgo) Philippe Martin/Firefly Books
A dragonfly (Thermorthemis madagascariensis) is ready to take off in search of prey. Philippe Martin/Firefly Books
A golden-ringed dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii) Philippe Martin/Firefly Books
A great tropical praying mantis (Tisma freyi) Philippe Martin/Firefly Books
A tiny spider on the right crashes this image of a large June bug that's common in Madagascar. Philippe Martin/Firefly Books
A young great peacock moth caterpillar (Saturnia pyri) Philippe Martin/Firefly Books
A female mammoth wasp (Megascolia maculata) Philippe Martin/Firefly Books
This net-winged amber-colored owlfly, of the genus Libelloides (Ascalaphinae), flies over grass in search of prey. Philippe Martin/Firefly Books
A small midge (Anthomyia pluvialis) is trapped in a sundew. Philippe Martin/Firefly Books
A male Escher's blue butterfly (Polyommatus escheri) drinks from wet mud at the edge of a pond. Philippe Martin/Firefly Books