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If you ever wonder at the diversity of forms that alien life might take, just cast your eyes down and perhaps squint a little…because some of the creatures running around under our noses are tres bizarre:

Make sure you check out Thomas Shahan’s entire gallery of amazing macro-photography over at Flickr. Absolutely wonderful imagery, and amazing considering that he produces most of his shots with relatively inexpensive, and sometimes home-brewed equipment:

Considering he’s also got astronomy shots like this in his gallery, Shahan sure does cover the full range of sizes in his photography…