Photos of animals eating animals is both disgusting and incredible

This photo series isn’t one for the squeamish. Or the vegetarians. Photographer Catherine Chalmers has created a collection of images of animals, well, eating other animals in Food Chain. Taking a predator and placing it by its prey, Chalmers was able to watch nature take its course as praying mantises ate caterpillars, toads ate mice and caterpillars, and snakes ate mice.

Chalmers believes her work is one of discovery and illuminates what she thinks is important: ‘Today, most of us live an urban existence and the grocery store is one of the few links we have to a food chain. When nature and culture meet today, they often collide in a nexus of confusion, and fear’.

Her ultimate wish is to ‘broaden the cultural significance of the non-human world’ and to see us all rooting for a healthy ecosystem. That’s all well and good but I’m not too sure I like the idea of breeding creatures to watch them die in photographs. It’s definitely quirky, but you’d hate to come in your next life back as an insect and feature in one of Chalmers’ photo series!

Via Vice

A frog and a praying mantis photographed by Catherine Chambers.
A toad eating a baby mouse.
A mother mouse nursing her young.
A praying mantis eating a caterpillar.
A praying mantis eating a caterpillar.
A snake eating a baby mouse.

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Rachel Oakley is an Aussie writer based in NYC with an obsession for the creepy, cool and quirky side of life. Some of her main passions include philosophy, art, travel, and sarcasm.