Insects find their way into our homes no matter how vigilant we are in our efforts to keep the nature on the other side of our windowpanes. During my investigation of the suburban experience, I started recording the indoor wildlife consistent with the environment my subdivision occupies.

In the Southeast, the seasons can be measured by the occurrences of various insect swarms. Insects represent almost 85% of all known animal species. Taxonomists name and describe about 2,000 species of insects annually. Unfortunately, many species of insects will become extinct before they are even discovered, due to habitat loss and other environmental problems.

Yet, these little—and sometimes not so little—invaders are a natural product of our own occupation of their habitat. As we keep expanding our subdivisions to the outskirts of towns, we inhabit recently altered environments. This project investigates the results of our expansion into rural areas. These images are meant to be a portrait series of our often-overlooked housemates.

These portraits are composites of a number of exposures with a Scanning Electron Microscope and a Stereoscopic Microscope. I carefully arranged the LED lighting, small reflectors, and diffusers, in order to achieve a portrait effect inspired by the tradition of 17th Century Dutch masters.

—Daniel Kariko

Editors’ Note: Don’t miss the work of all the other winners and finalists from the LensCulture Earth Awards 2015. In total, you’ll find 34 unique points of view inspired by the earth, nature and our shared surroundings. Beauty, destruction, wonder and hope—these are timely, important works that shouldn’t be missed!