Piotr (Peter) Naskrecki is an entomologist, photographer and author, based at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA.). He received his M. Sc. degree in Zoology from the A. Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland;, and a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Between 2002 and 2009 Piotr served as Director of the Invertebrate Diversity Initiative at the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science at Conservation International, Washington, D.C. His research focuses on the evolution of katydids and related insects, and the theory and practice of nature conservation.

As a photographer, Piotr strives to promote appreciation and conservation of invertebrate animals – insects, arachnids, and their kin – by capturing both their beauty and roles as vital, often critically important members of the Earth’s ecosystems. He is one of the founding members of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP).

Piotr is the author of over 30 scientific, peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and his photographs and nature writing have been published in a number of national and international publications, including The Smithsonian Magazine, Natural History, National Wildlife, National Geographic, BBC Wildlife Magazine, BBC Knowledge, Terre Sauvage, Time magazine, Ranger Rick, and many others. His book “The Smaller Majority” (Harvard University Press 2005) illustrates a multitude of threats faced by invertebrate animals, whereas his most recent book “Relics: Travels in Nature’s Time Machine” (University of Chicago Press 2011) explores ancient organisms and ecosystems of the globe. Piotr’s photography has been exhibited in numerous venues, including the American Museum of Natural History in New York, The Natural Museum in London, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Aquamarine Fukushima (Japan), and others.

To license Piotr Naskrecki’s images please contact Minden Pictures stock agency. If the images you are looking for are not available in the Minden’s catalog please contact us directly. You can also visit Piotr’s website at www.naskrecki.com to see additional images.

Piotr’s expertise is available for press or book assignments as either a photographer or a science writer. Contact us for details.


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  1. Hi Piotr
    Len de Beer in Maputo Mozambique here. I saw your pics from Gorongoza and there is a particular Mantid that you photographed that I took a picture of in Nelspruit (South africa). I would like to send you the photo. Please contact me at len.debeer@gmail.com
    Thank you

    • Hi Piotr!
      I’m Italian and I sent you a message on your pubblic Facebook profile. Please, can you see? It’s very, very, very important! I try to contact you in every way but it’s difficult!

  2. Ma Pan fantastyczne fotografie. Gratuluje zdjec w NYT – sa swietne. Dziekuje za info nt sprzetu, ktore Pan podaje przy kazdym zdjeciu. Powodzenia. Tomasz Kruk

  3. The world definitely does need another photo blog when the photos AND the writing are this good.
    My 7 year old daughter and I are captivated by every new post. Thank you for taking the time to do this.



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  5. Hi Dr. Naskrecki,
    I want to your help about MANTIS that developed by you. I want to change mantis photo at the menu interface of MANTIS. But I do not know how can i do it. And the other problem is, in the first run of MANTIS it gives an error about betwween the sytem date and time and the file settings. How can I fixed it.

    Sincerely yours.

    1. Sorry my English.
    2. Good blog and good work (MANTIS).

    • Witaj PIOTR !!

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  9. Dear Piotr
    I had hoped that we’d meet one day in Mozambique – MO Rodel was going to try and fix things up. Hopefully sometime. Please contact me if you have chance about the blindsnakes and other groups in the region. Congratulations on the absolutely stunning photography and interesting text. Smaller Majority is one of my favourite sites.

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  11. Hi Piotr
    I check your site every week for you latest blog. There’s been nothing since June. I hope this is because you are out in the field discovering wonderful things.
    Chris, Cape Town.

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  13. Hello- Im so fascinated and appreciative of your blog-I found it when I hit a link in a Yahoo news story…Let me just say your photos showing the delicate beauty and diversity of these creatures are breathtaking. I live in Chicago and 8 years ago started gardening organically-recently I started seeing praying mantis’ and felt a irrational surge of pride-they are coming to my garden because Im all organic! I spend alot of time watching them. I had no idea there was such variety amongst crickets (another love of mine) and praying mantis’. Thank you.

  14. Great site, I haven’t enjoyed anything as much since I read Gerald Durrell’s books years ago. I look forward to reading more of your adventures.

  15. Hello
    Just wanted to say that your post about the goliath was really interesting and the photos were beautiful. I have recently started a blog about overcoming arachnophobia through inquisitiveness and appreciating spiders and thought you might like to give it a look. (araneae.weebly.com) best of luck with your photography.
    Anna Cathenka

  16. Are you going to post my comments to your blog or are you afraid of criticism? And now I see that you closed the comments. You coward!

  17. “It is certain that there may be extraordinary mental activity with an extremely small absolute mass of nervous matter: thus the wonderfully diversified instincts, mental powers, and affections of ants are notorious, yet their cerebral ganglia are not so large as the quarter of a small pin’s head. Under this point of view, the brain of an ant is one of the most marvelous atoms of matter in the world, perhaps more so than the brain of a man.” – Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species, 1859

    I suggest you read some Darwin, evolve morally, and start treating animals with respect and dignity because they are sentient and autonomous individuals, not specimens!

  18. Hi Piotr!
    I’m Italian and I sent you a message on your pubblic Facebook profile. Please, can you see? It’s very, very, very important! I try to contact you in every way but it’s difficult!

  19. Hi Piotr,
    I was wondering, which lens are you using for your wide-angle macro shots? They have to be the best I’ve ever seen on the web!
    Thanks in advance!

  20. Hi there Piotr.
    I just wanted to say thank you. I’m glad to see that there are people out there that still love the wildlife and all its inhabitants, including spiders. I live in Australia, so spiders aren’t a rarity to me, (in fact I probably have at least ten different species in my back yard and inside my house as I write this message) but I just wanted to congratulate you on going out there and finding amazing animals to share with the world. So thank you for that.

    – cassie :)

  21. Dear Mr Naskrecki,

    I came across your website whilst researching Oil Beeltes for a project I am working on about sexual dimorphism in the animal kingdom.

    I find your work and photography fascinating and am so so happy that I have discovered a place I can read and view all the amazing oddities that have evolved in the natural world and someone who writes about them with such passion.

    I am an artist living and working in London who is currently undergoing research for a series of drawings I’m conjunction with Prof Judith Mank at UCL. My series is covering the taxa stated by Prof Manks research with the Tree of Sex Consortium. An amazing website of data looking at all the fascinating ways in which reproduction takes place.

    As an artist I am producing a series of drawings, one for each taxonomic group that show strong sexual dimorphism.

    I would love to hear of any striking examples you know of especially in the Reptilia, Amphibia, Coleoptera and the Acari all of which I am some what stuck on to find some decent reference images to draw from!

    I understand you must be very busy but would be immensely grateful of any ideas you might have.

    Thank you very much for your time.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    All the best,


  22. It would be great if you could describe how you take photos of arthropods while they are feeding on you. How do you focus? What kind of photographic equipment do you use? You photos are outstanding.

  23. Hi,

    Just wanted to inform you that a Facebook page called ‘the ladbible’ has run a story about you and the goliath spider. The writer calls you a loser for not killing it.

    I felt it was important you know this as it’s disrespectful.



  24. Hi Piotr

    I’m a avid teen who really loves the animal and insect kingdom. I would really love to learn more from you in person or through an internship. I lived in Singapore where such trade in Entomologist is rare. I really hope you could reply me . Thanks :)

  25. Witam Panie Piotrze,
    na GMX (moj provider) sa od czasu do czasu swietne nowosci ze zdarzen z calegoa swiata. po IMIENIU i nazwisku bylam pewna ze Pan to polak zyjacy w Stanach od dziecka albo wyemigrowal pozniej. Ja zyje w Niemczech i ten artykul o tych parasitach mnie zainteresowal. W artykule jest mowa o filmie jak sie ten parasit chce wydostac spod skory Pana. Niestety nie moge znalezc tego filmu. oProsze wskazac link. Z gory b. dzeikuje za to.
    Pozdrawiam z Niemiec


  26. Hello Piotr,
    I have tried to contact you on Facebook but didn’t succeed.
    I’m a french naturalist mainly interested in Orthoptera, returning from a costa rican trip.
    I have found that identify Orthoptera in Costa Rica is so much harder than identify them in France !
    By chance, can you help me ?
    I have a flickr album with all the species I saw during this summer : https://www.flickr.com/gp/141135600@N04/bt5mbA


  27. Hello Piotr Naskrecki,

    My name is Kevin Franck, I write quite a bit about ecology and I like the photo you have on Fairy Shrimp in your tough as nails post. I’d like to use it with your permission to illustrate richness of floodplains in providing a nursery for Salmon and other endangered fish. Follow my FB page and you’ll know who I am. If not, no problem, I can search another.

    Cheers, Kevin

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