The photographs in this picture gallery may look like they been Photoshopped or assembled with dead insects, but the ants in these images are very much alive. Russian photographer Andrey Pavlov spends hours setting up fairytale scenes. He studied ants, and saw that they all follow a very specific path when they’re working. So he put his props on their trail, and photographed the insects interacting with his miniature 'stage sets'.
Every summer he moves to a cottage in the countryside to photograph red forest ants in fairytale settings. He says: "When I had children and started reading them fairy tales, I realized it was something I never did as a child. That's when I decided to make up for it and start creating some fairytale of my own."
Andrey says: "I used to work in theater which was a big help when it came to making props..
"..I chose ants because I respect them and their way of life. They care about their children and look after the elderly."
Timeless: The amazing detail and unlikely juxtapositions give Mr Pavlov's pictures a make-believe feel - though of course, the ants are real
Fox Launch Complex
Duty at dawn
Same with pearl?
Am I growing?
The new bridge, and the boatman scrounger
Tell the children a story, Grandma Bee
Hooray, the helicopter was shot down
Stewed to the third
I'm with you
Bear take your bare hands
Do not disturb the driver
On rotten swamp any scare
Going to work out
Andrei Pavlov (Antrey) welcomes its models
Fluffy you are my
Do not eat, little man will come
Picture: ANDREY PAVLOV / CATERS NEWS / THE TELEGRAPH.co.uk