Hidden Alien Forest

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Hidden Alien Forest

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Hidden alien forest

These may look like alien creatures from another planet, but the odd organisms are, in fact, colorful, microscopic life forms found in our forests. (Photo: Valeriya Zvereva/Caters News)

These may look like alien creatures from another planet, but the odd organisms are, in fact, colorful, microscopic life forms found in our forests. The bizarre slime molds, known as mycetozoa or fungus animals, were captured by geologist Valeriya Zvereva.

She spent months documenting the common life forms that are found beneath our feet — but are rarely seen. Incredibly, the organisms can move and hunt for other microscopic life forms on which to feed. Zvereva, who is from Moscow, used a special macro lens to capture the vibrant and up-close shots, which show off the organisms’ unlikely beauty. (Caters News)

Photography by Valeriya Zvereva

Hidden alien forest

The bizarre slime molds, known as mycetozoa or fungus animals, were captured by geologist Valeriya Zvereva. (Photo: Valeriya Zvereva/Caters News)

Hidden alien forest

Hidden alien forest

Zvereva, who is from Moscow, used a special macro lens to capture the vibrant and up-close shots, which show off the organisms’ unlikely beauty. (Photo: Valeriya Zvereva/Caters News)

Hidden alien forest

But they are actually earthly creatures and pretty common, despite being so unusual. (Photo: Valeriya Zvereva/Caters News)

Hidden alien forest

These fungi move in search of food, hunt for tiny forms of life to feed on and grow fast. (Photo: Valeriya Zvereva/Caters News)

Hidden alien forest

Some scientists classify them as mushrooms, but others argue they are animals, so they have been given the hybrid name of mycetozoa, which literally means fungus animals. (Photo: Valeriya Zvereva/Caters News)

Hidden alien forest

The microscopic life forms are often found in rotten trees, old fallen foliage and moss. (Photo: Valeriya Zvereva/Caters News)

Hidden alien forest
Ever since Zvereva bought a digital camera in 2006, she has been documenting the intriguing mycetozoa found on the forest floors of woodland in and around Moscow. (Photo: Valeriya Zvereva/Caters News)
Hidden alien forest

They are generally no larger than 3-5 mm, and to notice them with the naked eye is a tough task. (Photo: Valeriya Zvereva/Caters News)

Hidden alien forest

Zvereva said, “Once you find them, you start looking for more and are stunned by how common they are.” (Photo: Valeriya Zvereva/Caters News)

Hidden alien forest

One of the organisms found in the forest. (Photo: Valeriya Zvereva/Caters News)

Hidden alien forest
Another variety of the organisms Zvereva found in the forest. (Photo: Valeriya Zvereva/Caters News)
These may look like alien creatures from another planet, but the odd organisms are, in fact, colorful, microscopic life forms found in our forests. The bizarre slime molds, known as mycetozoa or fungus animals, were captured by geologist Valeriya Zvereva.She spent months documenting the common life forms that are found beneath our feet — but are rarely seen. Incredibly, the organisms can move and hunt for other microscopic life forms on which to feed. Zvereva, who is from Moscow, used a special macro lens to capture the vibrant and up-close shots, which show off the organisms’ unlikely beauty. (Caters News)

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