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Macro and Close-up Photos of
Insects and Spiders- Page 3



Andean Condors

Big Horned Sheep

Birds (Page 1)

Birds (Page 2)

Black Swallowtail Butterflies



Hummingbirds (Page 1)

Hummingbirds (Page 2)

Insects (Page 1)

Insects (Page 2)



Painted Lady Butterflies

Praying Mantises



Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies

Wildlife (Page 1)

Wildlife (Page 2)

These insect photos were mostly taken around the US, most in their natural environment. 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.

Larger version of these photos can be viewed by using a mouse rollover, clicking an image, or using the Slideshow below. 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).


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close-up photo of a red dragonfly
Red Dragonfly #3290
I found this red dragonfly in my backyard in Sterling Hts, MI. So many of these guys are actually cute when seen close-up.

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.
close-up photo of a spider
Spider #3784
I found this spider in my garden shrubs in Michigan.

macro photo of a bumble bee
Bumble Bee #7596
I've seen some bees collect pollen and attach it to their legs until they have a full load and return to the hive. This guy has it on his back.

photo of a butterfly, possibly a Blue Morpho
Owl Butterfly #3127

close-up photo of a Grasshopper
Grasshopper #2061

macro photo of an insect's shedded skin
Bug Skin #7814
Many insects shed their skin to enable them to grow larger. This is an abandoned skin.

macro photo of a butterfly
Butterfly #7719

close-up photo of mating mantises
Mantises Mating #7847
I have seen a pair of mantises mating that have stayed together for over 2 days and nights.

close-up photo of a Rice Paper Butterfly
Butterfly #3137
close-up photo of a Hummingbird Moth
Hummingbird Moth #4071
This photograph of a Hummingbird Moth was taken along the waterfront in Grand Ledge, MI.

photo of a Tarantula
Tarantula #2521
This Tarantula was near my home in Ivins, UT, walking over from the desert nearby.

macro photo of a beetle
Bug #2506

close-up picture of a Rice Paper Butterfly
Butterfly #3149
macro photo of a jumping spider
Jumping Spider #1175

macro photo of a butterfly showing its proboscus curled away from its mouth
Owl Butterfly #3157
macro photo of a flower chafer beetle
Flower Chafer #2566

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 jumping spider
Jumping Spider #9088

macro photo of a lady bug
Lady Bug #2863

macro photo of a bug
Bug #4734

photo of a butterfly with wings down
Butterfly #3141
macro photo of a bug
Bug #4921

macro photo of a bug
Bug #4932

macro photo of a spider
Spider #5098

macro photo of a bee
Green-Eyed Bee #7906

macro photo of a dragonfly
Colorful Dragonfly #8533

macro photo of a grasshopper
Grasshopper #7390

macro photo of a grasshopper-like bug
Bug #5194

macro photo of an insect
Bug #2561

macro photo of a black fly
Fly #5584

macro photo of a bug
Bug #6331
Some relative of a stinkbug?

Macro Photos of Insects (page 2)

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