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Winner picture 2018: The feeding behaviour of aspen leaf miner larvae, on the leaves of aspen, make interesting patterns

Patterns in Nature

Beyond Science

With his impressive photograph, Roberto Bueno won the competition of “Photographer of the Year”. The prize will be awarded by the Royal Society of Biology in cooperation with Eppendorf.

What is pictured:

The forests of the North are beautiful in autumn, with the variety of colours of the trees. A little larvae is an autumnal surprise in the northern woods of Alaska and Yukon. The feeding behaviour of aspen leaf miner (Phyllocnistis populiella) larvae, on the leaves of aspen (Populus tremuloides), make interesting patterns, with intricate trails on every leaf. The floor of the yellow forest becomes a new world to enjoy nature.


How does this image fit with the theme of the competition?

The little trails that these larvae make on the surface of the tree leaves are amongst the most surprising patterns I have seen in the natural world.

Trails of Life

The forests of the North are beautiful in autumn, but not only by the variety of colors of their trees. A little larvae make more surprising the fall in the northern woods of Alaska and Yukon. Feeding behavior of aspen leaf miner (Phyllocnistis populiella)larvae, over the leaves of trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides), make interesting patterns and intricate trails on every leaf. So, the floor of the yellow forest become a new world for enjoy photography.

Roberto Bueno: Several miles away at the south of Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
Winner Young Photographer of the Year 2018: Leopard Gecko by Jack Olive

Describe what is pictured?

The leopard gecko stared down the lens allowing me to take this picture. I also wanted to show the yellow and black scale pattern as well as the beautiful eye.


How does this image fit with the theme of the competition?

The array of yellow and black scales contrast brilliantly together and the eye shows magnificent pattern and detail.

Leopard Gecko

I took this photograph to show off the amazing pattern of the leopard geckos’ eye and scales. By setting up a makeshift studio in my school’s biology lab, I was able to control my lighting to get this brilliant picture of the gecko staring directly down the lens. I am deeply interested in what exactly it is we are doing that affects these animals. Whether its poisoning bait to protect livestock, intense use of toxic pesticides or, perhaps the biggest global threat, habitat loss.

Jack Olive: Winner "Young Photographer of the Year 2018"; Devon, United Kingdom