Crawlers, Hoppers and Flyers

One of my life’s simple pleasures is living in a place that is surrounded by different plants and trees, which shelters innumerable tiny little creatures. I love shooting macros and it made me love insects too – well not all, though. I mean, I still kill mosquitoes when it’s sucking my blood; but I talk to them before I make that itch-relieving slap. The following are just some of the creatures lurking in our backyard. Some of them I can’t even identify as to what kind.

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180 thoughts on “Crawlers, Hoppers and Flyers

  1. You have made these bugs look artistic, and beautiful in your shots! I HATE bugs, and thought I was going to cringe while looking at these, but I didn’t! Maybe i’m warming up to them, or it’s just that i’m not there in person. My eyes have tricked me into thinking they are beautiful in their own way. GREAT photos!!

  2. ahem, well, that was fun. I hate bugs. man, that was creepy, which means you did an awesome job on the photos. Forgive me, but I have to shake off the willies…

    val
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  3. What an unbelievable collection you’ve amassed!
    I really enjoy these types of shots that humanize insects so well, and engender them, rightfully so, with the character and intelligence.
    Particularly the compound eyes are a lot of fun to get lost in.
    It’s amazing to think that you took all these, what an achievement — they should comprise a calendar or something.
    I’d buy it!

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  5. At one time in New York we used to have Praying Mantis (would you believe?). I always thought they were beautiful, but at the same time, I was scared of them because they were so big. Your photos show the beauty of insects.

  6. I love your pictures. I also take pictures of the little critters that live in my garden. It is so satisfying to get the tiny details clear, the facets in their eyes or the hairs on their legs. One of my favourites is the Blue Banded Bee, your first photo! Congrats on being FP and keep up the good work 🙂

  7. Astoundingly beautiful macros! I almost get a sense for their personalities by looking into those deep eyes… which is complete and total anthropomorphism, but hey.

    I recently did a post on tips for insect photography using primitive gear and would greatly appreciate your thoughts if you’d be willing to share. I’m very curious if the principles I’ve stumbled across match any of your methods for producing these striking images. Let me know your thoughts if you like at:

    http://rsmithing.wordpress.com/2011/11/29/the-jungleamongus-5-tips-for-great-insect-photography

    Again, great post, and I’m now following, looking forward to more!

  8. Nice pictures! The second photo down is of an ant in the genus Oecophylla, commonly called weaver ants. You may have already known that. I’m not sure as to what species it is. What country were those photographs taken in?

  9. Wow, these photos are great! They are so colorful and detailed. What is the bug with the cotton-like fibers (20 from the bottom)? I’ve never seen something like that before!

  10. The photos were fantastic, and when looking close-up at the bugs many almost seemed beautiful, buy I’ll still have to stick with my original thought of ewwwwwwwww, I just don’t want those creepy crawly things near me! Thanks for sharing and congrats on being FP’d!

  11. Awesome photos. To think that we’re all made from the same molecule is amazing and makes empty space seem even more amazing, and extraterrestrial life completely unfathomable. Some of those bugs look really cool, like the one with four antlers, you should get some entomologist to take a look at the pictures. The really close shots on the colourful insects are my favourites, including the grasshopper (?) having a bite at the leaf and then looking at the camera as if going: “What?” Cool eyes too, don’t look like the compound eyes of the flies.

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  19. I absolutely love the way so many of your shots show them looking back at you. It is almost like they are posing on purpose so that they may be preserved fr posterity! You have an excellent eye for photography, I wish I had 1/100th of your talent!

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