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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A limited edition of these pictures is ecologically printed on linen by the Janetschek printing house and applied by hand to 3mm thick ecologically produced hardboard (wood from Austria) using an equally ecologically produced glue.
Price: 100 Euro / piece, including digital version in high resolution (excluding shipping)
All macros are available as high-resolution digital versions at a price of 50 euros / image. Individual printing requests can also be fulfilled
Beilfleck Widderchen | Zygaena loti | Burnet moths
(Print 50cm x 50cm)
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 'Naturschutzbund Österreich' in 2021. The total sum of all sales will be transferred to the organisation at the end of the year. Among other things, Austria's Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union is committed to the free purchase of rare biotope areas such as dry grasslands or meadow orchards. These areas are partly renaturalised and regularly maintained. With your purchase, you are contributing to the preservation of biodiversity and nature conservation.