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Andrey Pavlov, Russian Photographer, Takes Fairytale-Like Pictures Ants (PHOTOS)

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Because we know you'll ask: According to The Telegraph, these ants are real, and yes, they're alive.

Andrey Pavlov, a Moscow-based photographer, spends hours constructing the scenes for these photographs.

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"I used to work in theatre which was a big help when it came to making props, and I chose ants because I respect them and their way of life," Pavlov said, according to The Daily Mail. "They care about their children and look after the elderly. They have lived for millions of years."

According to International Business Times, Pavlov doesn't use any digital effects on his photos. He uses a macro lens to take close-up photos of ants in fairytale-like settings, from sewing to "weightlifting."

In the mood for some more close-up photographs of other tiny critters? Be sure to check out the amazing spider and insect pictures from Thomas Shahan, an Oklahoma-based macrophotographer.

And for more of Pavlov's enchanting pictures, click over to The Telegraph.

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