An Assassin Fly (aka Robber Fly) feeding on a Cranefly; photo by Mark Berkery.
Mark Berkery is an Englishman now living in Australia who is steadily producing a very fine collection of macro photography. His focus is on the insects of the Australian rainforest and his images combine incredible sharpness with fabulous, saturated colours. Here is a small sample from his site to whet the appetite.
A beetle with an almost human face; photo from Mark Berkery
The head and tail of a centipede; photo from Mark Berkery
Wasp emerges from a branch; photo from Mark Berkery
Macro photographs like these (especially when you view the full-size versions) make it much easier to see the old fantasy game staple of giant insects as legitimate threats. Imagine going eye-ball to eye-ball with that Assassin Fly, or facing a wasp the size of a cat. The “giant centipede” has always struck me a vaguely comical, but when you look at them properly they look otherworldly and alien.