To see more of Adrian’s adventures and collection, follow @insecthaus_adi on Instagram.
For many people, the idea of a giant bug perched on their nose is the stuff of nightmares. But for Adrian Kozakiewicz (@insecthaus_adi), it’s a dream come true. “I want people to pay attention to the beauty of insects – their colors, shapes, the way they behave. These are amazing animals!” Born in Poland, Adrian moved to Germany when he was 12 and discovered tropical insects in a pet store. Now 20 years old, Adrian travels to the rainforests and jungles of southeast Asia multiple times a year on insect hunting expeditions. He has more than 70 species in his collection, making him one of the largest insect breeders in Europe. “My favorite is a very big and very rare mantis species from Malaysia called Toxodera beieri,” or the Dragon Mantis, says Adrian, who specializes in praying mantises. “She’s the queen of all the mantis species.” As for those nightmares? Adrian understands. “Most of my species are very large and look like aliens,” he says. “It’s natural for people to be afraid of animals they don’t know.”
bee is licking sugar from a q-tip as part of a “proboscis extension
reflex” assay. This experiment, at a lab in Penn State University, is
used to test the memory and learning ability of bees. Researchers
expose the restrained bee to a smell and then offer it a sugar reward.
Then after a pause, they expose the bee to the same smell and see if it
sticks out its tongue (also called proboscis) in anticipation of the
reward. If it does, then you know is has learned to associate the smell
have used this test to show that very small amounts of pesticides and
even “inactive" agricultural spray additives are harming bees’ ability
to remember where their food is.
This bee was photographed for a story
on honeybees in the May issue of National Geographic.
- Anand Varma (@anandavarma), National Geographic photographer
An Asian millipede at the @stlzoo. This millipede has several hundred tiny legs and grows up to 30 cm long. The majority of animals in existence are invertebrates like this one, meaning they have no spine. In fact, it’s estimated that 97-99% of animals on the planet are invertebrates. To see an up close image of this millipede, check out @joelsartore!