Macro Photography II – 70 Beautiful Photos of Insects

Insect photography is challenging under the best circumstances. Think about it: you’re taking photos of something that is likely smaller than your little finger (and at largest is still probably smaller than your hand), has no reason to cooperate, and likely views you as a predator or is oblivious to your presence entirely. And even if you’re taking photos of dead insects, it still takes a lot of skill (and a good macro lens) to get the right focus and lighting.

The photographers who managed to snap the photos below all deserve some serious respect. They’ve managed to capture the beauty and complexity of some of the most beautiful specimens in the insect world. Look at their coloring, their structure, the way their bodies are segmented, and let them inspire your designs. Whether you simply borrow a color scheme or go for something a bit more obvious, insects can serve as a wonderful source of artistic inspiration, one that is often overlooked.

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Spotted Cucumber Beetle
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Death To A Dragonfly
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Nasty Insect
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Green Insect
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Insect Eye To Eye
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Insect 7
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by ZWincik

Insect 03
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Spiny Leaf Insect
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Macro – Dead Insect
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Insect Macro
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Insect 33
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Hylotrupes Bajulus
by Selley

Tiny Red Cricket
by Garion

Insect Macros_021
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Insect Macro
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Shy Hopper
by James Jordan

Dead Insect
by Baton101

Insect Photo 3 – Set 3
by Blookz

by Mega-Ale

Rays Of Dawn
by Ageofloss

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He Can Fly
by Viand

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by Erica_Marshall

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Fly Extreme Macro
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Blue Fly in Flight
by David Reece

Blending In
by Kibondo

by DoeLay

Resting Insect
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Third Insect
by Owczak

by HVargas

by Le-Voyageur

by Jaydehawk

Red Dragonfly
by Sh0ggy

The Hanging Dragonfly
by SubterfugeMalaises

by Indja-art

Halloween Pennant Dragonfly
by Motleypixel

Cinnabar Moth (Tyria Jacobaeae)
by Nutmeg66

Columbia Silk Moth
by Furryscaly

Male Golden Birdwing Butterfly Bangkok
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Grey Dagger Caterpillar (Acronicta Psi)
by Nutmeg66

Saddleback Caterpillar
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Cuckoo Wasp (Chrysididae) Pollinating Euphorbia Flowers
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Yellow-faced Bumble Bee – Bombus Vosnesenskii
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Transparent Butterfly
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Copper Butterfly
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Butterfly In Hand
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