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Insect eyes

Posted by
E.P. Malkemper (Essen, Germany) on 20 August 2013 in Animal & Insect.

Animal eyes are wonderful creations that exactly mirror the daily (or nightly) needs of a particular species. The compound eyes of many insects are specialized on the detection of fast movements. The improvement of speed is in many cases accompanied by the cost of a reduced spatial resolution. The world through the eyes of a fly would occur to us like a blurred movie in slowmotion.

PENTAX K20D 1/200 second F/10.0 ISO 200 75 mm (35mm equiv.)

In Sensory Ecology everything is about how animals perceive their environment or - in anthroprocentric terms - how they see the world - and why they do it in this way. This blog wants to illustrate the wonderful world around us and the way animals perceive it and "react" to the senses of others. Evolution has shaped animal sensory organs as it shaped ours and therefore is the basis of perception in general. I hope that this fascinating thought will inspire many people to acknowledge the diversity of life and enjoy the many ways species have found to coexist and evolve.


1/200 second
ISO 200
75 mm (35mm equiv.)