Perhaps the only thing more unsettling than close-up photographs of insects is close-up photographs of parasites zombifying insects. Anand Varma spent more than two years photographing creepy-crawlies for Mindsuckers, sometimes capturing the exact moment when a parasite burst forth from its host. “I love photographing these creatures because they give us new insights into how complex and bizarre the natural world is,” he says.

Read more about Varma’s project and see more photos.

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