My illustrations of three new Podapolipid mite species (16 drawings) have just been published in a new paper by Owen Seeman and Robert Constantine.
Constantine RA & Seeman OD. 2014. Three new species of Eutarsopolipus (Acari: Podapolipidae) from Australian carabid beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Journal of Systematic and Applied Acarology 19 (1), 87-109.
To read more about Owen's work and to see microscope photos of other Podapolipid mites, read Mighty Mites on the Queensland Museum website.
Well, she didn't make the cover of Vogue but she did make the cover of Zootaxa for the large monograph by Owen Seeman, Jenny Beard and Gary Bauchan published this month.
Owen and Jenny gave me a high resolution SEM image of this female flat mite (Tegopalpus conicus), along with a colour photo of the living mite. I have digitally tinted the SEM to reproduce the mite's natural colouration.
It's a simple process that can look so striking. Here, only two colours were added to the very simple shape of the mite - the task becomes more time consuming as you increase the range of colours and if there are more complex shapes involved.
Science and nature illustration, from a garden studio.
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