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Landing on an unknown “micro planet”. Photograph by Walter Bello.

This time, Walter Bello introduces us to one of the millions of unknown angles of Costa Rica’s biodiversity. Furthermore, if we assume that in Costa Rica there are hundreds of miles of insect species . Below is the fantastic picture Walter got, along with his own story.

 

THE STORY BEHIND THE SHOT

 

Usually, when you are thinking about taking a photograph, you hope to be able to visit some extraordinary places to observe and capture something incredible. Sometimes we less appreciate the spaces that surround us frequently, and that may contain something surprising. Such is the case with this image. We were cleaning the office windows when we find a rare patch. By looking at it carefully, we managed to see a group of eggs deposited on the glass of my office door.

 

“the eggs were hatching, some individuals were already emerging, and others were struggling to emerge”

 

A simple view was just a small patch that measured less than about 5mm of space. Tiny and a little without grace at a glance. Since the eggs were still in development, we decided to leave them in the glass and do not clean it for the next few days. After a week of waiting, we were able to observe during the morning that the patch had some movement, the eggs were hatching, some individuals were already emerging, and others were struggling to emerge. Even so, this microscopic world is incredible. Sometimes the smallest things are the most amazing, also remembering that not only the most remote hold the best biodiversity! Very close to our home, a whole world can exist! According to the biologist Gernotz Kunnz they could correspond to eggs and nymphs of the order of the heteroptera.

 


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WALTER BELLO VILLALOBOS / BIO

 

Walter hails from the Monteverde area, he works as coordinator of citizen science environmental education programs and naturalist guides in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. His work and his f his passion for wildlife photos motivate him always to carry his camera to capture any detail that appears. It can be birds, insects, amphibians, plants, or landscapes. Much of photographic learning has been by practice and error, also admiring the work of other photographers and continually trying to learn and improve their results.

Places to see his work: Instagram: @ wmatico.11 | @reservasantaelena

 


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