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Close-up and Macro Photographs of Insects



Andean Condors

Big Horned Sheep

Birds (Page 1)

Birds (Page 2)

Black Swallowtail Butterflies



Hummingbirds (Page 1)

Hummingbirds (Page 2)

Insects (Page 2)

Insects (Page 3)



Painted Lady Butterflies

Praying Mantises



Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies

Wildlife (Page 1)

Wildlife (Page 2)

This page has close-up pictures of insects and insect faces. Most of these insect photos were taken in the bug's natureal environment. A few of the butterfly photos were taken in the butterfly house in Amsterdam (Hortus Botanicus), some in the butterfly conservatory of Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada. Most of the Praying Mantis photos were taken in that insect's natural environment. However, some of the extreme close-ups were taken of a Praying Mantis being kept in captivity as a pet. The extreme close-ups were taken with a Sigma f2.8 105mm macro lens with varying lengths of extension tubes.

For me, there is a pleasure in capturing a crisp, sharp image of something I cannot see clearly with my own bare eyes. And there is, to my way of thinking, a kind of beauty in the details revealed about these small creatures that seem so alien to us.

If you're interested in macro photography and would like to try this type of photography, I've written a Beginner's Guide to Macro Photography. If you have any questions after reading this, please feel free to contact me - Robert Stephens at TheWorldinLight@aol-dot-com (please use the word "photos" in the subject line). These close-up photos of insects can be seen using the Slideshow below.


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How-To Guide to Macro Photography

macro photo of a Praying Mantis face
Praying Mantis #5968
There are approximately 2,200 species of praying mantises that live around the world, typically in moderate climates.
macro photo of a bumble bee
Bumble Bee #7857
I've seen a couple of different species of these bumble bees in my garden.
close-up photo of a Katydid nymph
Katydid Nymph #7289a
There are approximately 4,00 species of Katydids found around the world. Most are herbivores, however some are omnivores.
A Macro View of My Garden

macro photo of a Cicada
Cicada #8727
There are about 2,500 species of Cicada found around the world. Their life cycles last from 2 to 17 years, depending upon the species. Most of their life is spent in the nymph stage in soil.
close-up photo of a large Peruvian flying insect with large pincers
Bug #1789
This is a male Dobsonfly. It is a flying insect, approximately 4 to 5 inches long and was seen in the town of Aguas Caliente, Peru. My thanks go to a visitor to this site for the proper identification of this insect.
macro photo of a Serphid Fly
Hover Fly #7412
The Hover Fly is also known as a Serphid Fly.
macro photo of a Praying Mantis with spikes on legs showing
Praying Mantis #4593
It is thought that the Praying Mantis' closest insect relative is the cockroach.
close-up photo of a blue damselfly
Damselfly #4554
The damselfly is often mistaken for a dragonfly. One means of distinguishing them is by the eyes. The damselfly's eyes are typically further apart than the diameter of one eye. This is not the case for a dragonfly.
photo of a bumble bee with pretty green eyes
Bumble Bee #7677
close-up photo of a Katydid
Katydid #7842
macro Praying Mantis photo
Praying Mantis #5975
Praying Mantises are strictly carnivorous, feeding primarily on other insects. However, large praying mantises have been observed to catch and eat snakes, birds, and small rodents.
photo showing a Hummingbird Moth hovering over a flower while sipping nectar
Hummingbird Moth #8335
Hummingbird Moths can be mistaken for actual hummingbirds. They grow to two inches in length and feed on the nectar of flowers, hovering above or alongside them just as a hummingbird does.
macro photo showing details of a Praying Mantis' face
Praying Mantis #5986
Praying Mantises grow throughout their lifespan by molting their hard-shell skins. This happens 5 to 10 times throughout a typical mantis lifespan.
close-up photo of a Rice Paper Butterfly
Butterfly #3137
macro photo of a Praying Mantis' face showing dark eyes
Praying Mantis #5969
There have been twenty species of Praying Mantises identified in North America. Two species now common in North America are not native but were imported. These are the Chinese Mantis and the European Mantis, both of which have spread extensively throughout North America.
macro photo of a butterfly showing its proboscus curled away from its mouth
Owl Butterfly #3157
photo of a Honey Bee getting nectar from a flower
Honey Bee #4610
Honey Bees gather nectar by attaching it to their rear legs.
close-up picture of a Rice Paper Butterfly
Butterfly #3149
macro photo of a Katydid
Katydid #2098
photo of a Praying Mantis with eyes staring back
Praying Mantis #2
Praying Mantises take advantage of superb camouflage to hunt their prey via ambush.

macro photo of a brown Praying Mantis
Brown Mantis #1865
Amazingly, Praying Mantises make excellent pets. Although initially wary of humans and aggressive when approached, they quickly become tame if not harmed.
photo of a Katydid's face camoflaged in vegetation
Katydid #8249
macro photo of a Bumblebee's face
Bee #8347
close-up photo of an orange butterfly
Butterfly #3161
macro photo of Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis #5973
Praying Mantises clean themselves much like a cat, licking its legs and antennae. See more Praying Mantis photos at the TheWorldinLight Praying Mantis Page.
a macro photo of a tiny Jumping Spider showing two large and two small eyes and 

whiskers around its mouth
Jumping Spider #8607
photo of a butterfly with wings down
Butterfly #3141
macro photo of a jumping spider
Jumping Spider #5979
macro photo of a Serphid Fly
Syrphid Fly #7407
Syphid Flies typically consume pollen and nectar to survive. However, their larva are predaceous carnivores that feed on aphids.
macro photo of a colorful spider
Spider #6461
macro photo of a shedded cricket skin
Cricket #6637
Insects undergo various stages of metamorphosis during their lifespan. Some insects undergo only a partial metamorphosis by shedding their skin while maintaining body shape. This enables the insect to grow larger than the fixed size of its hard shell allows. This photo is of the skin of a cricket, not the cricket itself. The cricket that left this skin behind has kept this shape, but shedded the skin to enable it to grow larger. It is truly amazing the extent of detail that remains in the shedded skins of insects.

Macro Spider Photos

Macro Photos of Insects (page 2)

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