Usually when you see extreme close-ups of insects, they look like terrifying monsters. The segmented eyes, the tiny cilia, the barbed limbs, and so on. But award-winning photographer Igor Siwanowicz manages to make his insect micrography... cute?

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He even uses LOL-cats style captions for some of his images, like "OM NOM NOM" or "Who's the Apex Predator Nao?" You'd never believe spiders, mantises and moths could be so lovable when viewed at extreme magnification. Siwanowicz's insect photos won the Olympus BioScapes Competition. Here are some of our favorites — check out more at the link. [Blepharopsis at DeviantArt via Earth Beat]

Oddball

Mantis Baby

Avicularia

Om Nom Nom

Theopompa

Who's The Apex Predator Nao?

Pokemoth

The LoOOok

Mottephobia

Tinsel

iPod on the inside

Stink Bug on Acid

Visitor

Chomp Chomp

Glasswork

Can You Keep A Secret?

Jumping Spider Eyes

Orchis Mantis

Mostly Clear

Moultin'