I am very pleased to welcome you on my site on which I show you the diversity of insects to create more awareness for this fascinating and highly important organism group! My name is Christian Kantner, born in 1983 and I am a biologist (zoologist) and ecotoxicologist. Here I show you my macro-photographies.
Even as a small child I was fascinated by insects. One of my childhood memories are those of my summer holiday in Styria where I studied grasshoppers in the meadow or those of my grandmother where I spent hours as a child watching bees visiting flowers. So it was obvious that I will study biology one day. In my biology studies I specialized in entomology and soil biology.
Since almost 3 years macro photography is my passion. When taking pictures I am completely with myself, so to speak in the moment. My way of photography is to work with the available natural light. My photos are not post-processed. I work with the elements of sharpness and blur. All my photos are single photos and I usually use a tripod with a plug-on flash and a DIY diffuser. I try to improve my skills in macro photography to learn new features - at the moment I'm focusing on the light as an important factor and picture composition. At least once a week I am out in nature just before sunrise.
I consider this site as my personal mission to create more awareness for the so enormously important group of insects. The "insect extinction" has arrived in public and the broader society. Insects are threatened by many reasons such as habitat destruction, land and soil sealing, environmental pollution, changes in farming practices, pesticide and fertilizer use, as well as the ongoing climate change in their populations. Insects are of great importance for the functioning of ecosystems, e.g. for the pollination of many plant species.
Almost 1 million insect species have been described worldwide (Grimaldi und Engel 2005), the actual number of species is probably up to 10 times higher. According to a study from 2018 (Geiser 2018), there are about 40.119 insect species in Austria alone. It is not known how many species there are in Austria at the moment.
Many insect groups have not yet been considered in terms of their vulnerability in Austria (Rabitsch et al. 2020). There is a lack of comprehensive and regular monitoring studies for the individual groups. Insects are increasingly threatened and their numbers are declining.
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Butterfly Calendar - Bewinged through the Year
The calendar is available as a permanent calendar in the format 21x21cm and offers every year pleasure with the photos. The prints are produced by the Janetschek print shop. The printing company is environmentally certified (Eco-label, EMAS, FSC, PEFC) and is oriented towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
21x21cm: 30 Euro
All macros are available in the following formats and prices (excluding shipping):
45x30cm or 40x40cm: 60 Euro
45x30cm or 40x40cm including high resolution digital version: 90 Euro
High resolution digital version: 60 Euro
Individual printing requests can also be fulfilled (Price upon request).
Shipping within Austria is 6,90-9,90 Euro.
The prints are made in a sustainable manner.
Beilfleck Widderchen | Zygaena loti | Burnet moths
(Print 40cm x 40cm)
This species shows a pronounced sexual dimorphism. The forewings of the females are powdered light grey to bronze and the ruff is more distinct. The males are grey-blue to black. The antennae are strongly pronounced and the legs are bright. The first red spot on the forewing is elongated and the last two are fused together in a hatchet shape.
When a macro is purchased, 10% of the sale price will be donated to the NGO 'Lanius' in 2022. The total sum of all sales will be transferred to the organisation at the end of the year. With your purchase, you are contributing to the preservation of biodiversity and nature conservation. The Lanius organisation is working for the conservation (purchase, lease and maintenance) of valuable habitats on a regional level (Lower Austria). In addition, Lanius represents its parties in nature conservation proceedings, conducts research in the fields and offers a number of interesting excursions, workshops and lectures throughout the year.