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.

insect macro photography

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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Insect 7by Mewlo ZWincik

Insect 03by Harry-Schoemaker

Spiny Leaf Insectby Duskmoth

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Insect Macroby Salendron

Insect 33by Josgoh

Hylotrupes Bajulusby Selley

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Dead Insectby Baton101

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Beeby DoeLay

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Third Insectby Owczak

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Dragonflyby Jaydehawk

Red Dragonflyby Sh0ggy

The Hanging Dragonflyby SubterfugeMalaises

Dragonflyby Indja-art

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Columbia Silk Mothby Furryscaly

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Saddleback Caterpillarby Cotinis

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Transparent Butterflyby Thefost

Copper Butterflyby Reini68

Butterfly In Handby DigiDragon