In the eye of a tapir
Many nights spent hiking to swamps and lakes in Ecuador in search of frogs (his research subject) have revealed to David countless new animals and behaviours. Particularly fascinating are the lachryphagous (eye-frequenting) moths. The tapir that this moth is drinking from had been rescued as a baby and released back into the wild. So it was used to humans and allowed David to follow it through the forest. 'Whenever it stopped to eat or rest,' he says, 'as many as five or six moths would settle around an eye.' These moths have evolved to feed on secretions from mammal eyes and, in this case, may even prefer to drink from the eyes of tapirs.
Canon EOS 5D + EF 17-40mm f4 lens; 1/40 sec at f13; ISO 400; Speedlite 580EX flash + transmitter ST-E2.
Yasuni Research Station, Orellana, Ecuador
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David Herasimtschuk, United States of America
David's passion lies in producing imagery that helps foster an appreciation for the life in rivers and streams. By working with the non-profit Freshwaters Illustrated, he is able to create images that have the power to capture the imagination and educate audiences about the importance of keeping their rivers clean and healthy.