There are so many species of them, many of them are so beautiful, and they are plentiful around us! The photographer who undertakes to put them in his pictures will enjoy the added advantage that most people don't have the necessary eyesight and patience to look closely at them, and so they often don't even know how an insect really looks! It's up to the photographer to open their eyes!

Climbing the towel

This is about as close as I can get with my lenses. And those are no expensive, specialized lenses! This ant was photographed using a 75-205mm zoom, combined with a "free" extension tube (teleconverter with the optical assembly removed), and a one-dollar toy loupe held in front of the lens. The very small aperture, necessary to obtain acceptable depth of field, also takes care of the loupe's aberrations.

Aged fly

This individual is close to the end of its short life, as the worn wings show.

Be careful!

The voracious appetite of a locust can make it eat through its own support!

Funny airport

This helicopter prototype of nature willingly landed on my hand, and posed for a picture before flying away. It was quite awkward to hold the camera and focus with just one hand!

Rock dweller

This large and very soft insect surprisingly lives between rocks in lava fields, where its colors make it almost invisible!

Hot landing

Lightbulbs are a good meeting point for bugs and photographers!

Studying for his ham license?

This guy fell right out of a tree and straight into the ham radio book I was reading!

Tiny but sooo manly!

In many insect species the males are a lot smaller than the females.

Twig mantis

It's quite incredible to what lengths nature can go to make something look like something else! I had to pluck this mantis from the shrub and place it on my hand to make a picture, or you wouldn't have believed it isn't a part of the plant! I discovered it only because it moved.
Note the vestigial wings! And then try to find out where exactly the mouth is!

Posing butterfly

The problem with photographing butterflies rest in that the shallow depth of field afforded by macro lenses makes it really hard to get them into focus. On this photo, I aimed at only one wing, with the other seen edge-on so that its unsharpness is not too disturbing. The butterfly helped by placing its antennas in the same plane of the left wing!

Water dancers

These little insects live most of their life on top of water. They are so lightweight that their legs don't puncture the surface of the water! They even mate on water!


This is a great attitude in which to photograph insects. They won't run away, so you have time to properly focus and set up the light!

Golden wing

The golden spots in the wings of this Nahuelbuta forest dweller make it really beautiful. Watching several of them fly is like watching a golden rain!


This ferocious yellow jacket wasp attacked the very much larger colihuacho in flight. They fell to the ground in a whirling knot. There the wasp paralyzed its prey, and immediately proceeded to dismantle it, eating a portion and carrying the rest of the meat away.
A severed colihuacho head lying at the side testifies that this is usual practice for the wasps!


But yellow jackets are caring parents too! Here a wasp checks the condition of eggs and larvae.

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