Ugly Bug Pictures, Beautiful Insect Photographs

Butterfly "V" is for Victory
Butterfly "V" is for Victory | Source

Bugs Caught in Photographs

Bugs and Insects in Photography can creep me out just as much as they do in real life. I have been known to run frantically from a room because of their sudden arrival...more times than I care to recall. In an effort to face my deep-rooted fear of insects and bugs, I decided to create an Insect Photographic Gallery dedicated to all things that crawl, fly, and have an exoskeleton.

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Dragonfly Photographs

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Dragonfly TorsoWaiting Dragonfly Tapestry Bright Dragonfly WingsDragonfly Profile
Dragonfly Torso
Dragonfly Torso | Source
Waiting Dragonfly Tapestry
Waiting Dragonfly Tapestry | Source
Bright Dragonfly Wings
Bright Dragonfly Wings | Source
Dragonfly Profile
Dragonfly Profile | Source

Insect Photographs

I set out with camera in hand, and wondered through parks, old shacks, and even my own backyard only to discover just how much these scary creatures can actually make for some beautiful pictures. This is what I share with you today; the excursion in defeating my bug-phobia via the use of photography.

NOTE: My fear of insects does have some merit, as I am very allergic to bee stings. However, other than my fear of these striped honey manufacturing dynamos, the fear of bugs is strictly in my mind!

Insect Images, bee and Spider Photos

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Bee Gathering PollandBeetle on DandyScary Black and Red Yard SpiderPink and Yellow Butterfly Composition
Bee Gathering Polland
Bee Gathering Polland | Source
Beetle on Dandy
Beetle on Dandy | Source
Scary Black and Red Yard Spider
Scary Black and Red Yard Spider | Source
Pink and Yellow Butterfly Composition
Pink and Yellow Butterfly Composition | Source

Up Close Insect Pictures

Taking shots of Bees in particular was a challenge for me. My concern for their toxic sting was continuously on my mind. As I stared down the flying honey-makers through my camera lens, I caught myself running over the steps for administering my quite accessibly-packed EpiPen® . Thank goodness this was not necessary and the shoot went on without a hitch. There was this defining moment when the bees and I found a kind of shared respect as I snapped off a few close-ups of their busy day. As you will see, a wonderfully friendly Butterfly stopped by to say hello during this time as well.

Beetle Pictures

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Beetle Dots on DandyBeetle Bug on the EdgeBeetle at the Top
Beetle Dots on Dandy
Beetle Dots on Dandy | Source
Beetle Bug on the Edge
Beetle Bug on the Edge | Source
Beetle at the Top
Beetle at the Top | Source

Photographs of Insects

Beetles are among the less freaky creatures for me. They seem less intrusive and offer a more amiable attitude towards humans. My cousin Barry has a true fear of these beetle bugs, so much so that should the Discovery channel show a picture of a beetle, he will scamper from the room as if being chased by a tiger. Some beetles can pack quite a wallop of aromas if disturbed, but it's pretty unlikely that a beetle bug will attack you unwarranted. I am told some Beetles can be poisonous, but the pictures of these little insects were easily snapped and colorful to look at. I am certain my cousin Barry will never lay eyes on these images...maybe I'll make them into insect holiday cards for him!?

Butterfly Images

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Razor Winged ButterflyButterfly Pink FaceUpside Down ButterflyFuzzy Butterfly in Pink and YellowResting Butterfly on Pink and Yellow Flowers
Razor Winged Butterfly
Razor Winged Butterfly | Source
Butterfly Pink Face
Butterfly Pink Face | Source
Upside Down Butterfly
Upside Down Butterfly | Source
Fuzzy Butterfly in Pink and Yellow
Fuzzy Butterfly in Pink and Yellow | Source
Resting Butterfly on Pink and Yellow Flowers
Resting Butterfly on Pink and Yellow Flowers | Source

Bugs in Pictures

I had a moment of shear backyard bliss while shuffling around the leaf litter. A brilliantly black and Yellow Butterfly floated by, landing on one of the patio tables. In exercising its wings, it would span out flattening them to soak up the suns warmth, and then tense them up-tight to a fully erect position taking the shape a crisply formed "V" like no other I have seen. It was as if this delightful butterfly posed willingly for my camera lens. I snapped away for as long as this colorfully designed insect allowed.

Bright Green Grasshoper Pictures

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Creepy Green Grasshopper FaceReflections of a Bright Green Grasshopper on GlassBright Green Grasshopper Belly Through Glass
Creepy Green Grasshopper Face
Creepy Green Grasshopper Face | Source
Reflections of a Bright Green Grasshopper on Glass
Reflections of a Bright Green Grasshopper on Glass | Source
Bright Green Grasshopper Belly Through Glass
Bright Green Grasshopper Belly Through Glass | Source

Big Green Grasshopper Close-up Pictures

As luck would have it, as I was exiting an old work shack way out back, a huge brightly green Grasshopper landed on the glass window of the shacks fragile old wooden door. From the opposite side of the glass, I could see the tightly formed thorax and the uniquely shaped exoskeleton. This green goblin of an insect meandered around the glass window for a couple of minutes until it decide to go on its way. I was really creeped-out by the belly of the beast, and its crazy looking green, yellow and orange accented eyes. But, I found true fascination in just how brightly green this grasshopper was. I thought to myself, "possibly grasshoppers blush in green." When it clumsily landed on the shack window it may have become embarrassed, causing the highly green color to flush over its entire body.

10 Deadly Insects

Common Insect Name
Scientific Insect Name
Where Insect can Be Found
House Centipedes
Scutigera coleoptrata
Mediterranean / Mexico
Fire Ants
Solenopsis
USA / worldwide
Soldier Ants
Dorylus
Eastern & Central Africa / Asia
Wasps and Bees
Vespula gemanica / Apis mellifera
Worldwide
Giant Asian Hornet
Vespa madarinia
Eastern Asia / Mountainous places in Japan
Affricanized Honey Bees
Hybrid Apis mellifera scutellata
Brazil, Central America, Southwestern US
Kissing Bug
Triatomines
USA, Asia, Australia, Africa
Tsetse Fly
Glossina morsitans
Kalahari & Saharan Deserts
Rat Fleas
Xenopsylla cheopis
Everywhere you find ferral rats
Anopheles Mosquito
Anopheles quadrimaculatus
Anywhere the temperature gets hire than 50°F (10°C)

Copyright India Dee 2011

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Comments for "Finding the Beauty in Insect Photographs" 34 comments

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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Simone~ Thanks so much for making it by today! Coming from someone with super-human photography chops like yourself, I take your comments as high praise. I appreciate the support--

HubHugs~

K9


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

K9keystrokes, I'm so glad you overcame your fear (and even allergy) of inserts and bees to take these photos, because they're marvelous! Though braving a moderate aversion to many creepy crawlers is one thing you overcame to take these shots, you also overcame MY personal insect-photography hurtle, which involves the patience and attention to detail necessary to take these pictures in the first place! Well done.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Stephanie Henkel~ I think you will have a blast snapping photos of Dragonfly's! They are very vibrant and when get tired, they will stay in one place for quite some time, making for a few moments of fun shooting. I can't wait to see your pictures when you get a chance to do some Dragon hunting for yourself! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts today!

Hubhugs~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Happyboomernurse~ So pleased you like the bug pictures. It was tense, but I did have a great time overall! I particularly like the bee images because of my allergy, they feel defiant and empowering to me.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hubhugs~

K9


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

The dragonfly photos are amazing! We have so many dragonflies here, but I've never tried photographing them - now you've inspired me with your wonderful close-ups. Beautiful and interesting hub with lots of useful content! Voted up!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

These photos were awesome. Particularly loved the bee going inside the white flower. Can't believe you were able to overcome your fear and get these amazing shots but I'm glad you did. I'm mostly neutral about insects but you truly did manage to find the beauty in them. And you made me chuckle when you talked about your cousin Barry.

Voted up across the board. Good luck in the contest!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Maddie Ruud~ Wow! Talk about bravery...a giant spider who is now your friend?...you are my hero! Spiders are an insect I have high respect for. The manner in which they craft their lair and the stealthy nature of their cunning hunting tactics, all amazing features in a frighteningly hairy-eight-legged package! I can honestly say I will never be brave enough to call a spider my friend...again, you are a stud!

Thank you for sharing your appreciation for the insect images here, you have brightened my day!

Huge HubHugs~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

oceansnsunsets~ Thank you sooo much for sharing your review of the bug pictures. I am pleased that you got a chuckle here and there, as laughter is the one thing I cannot do without! I am honored that you have a feel for the patience and intricacy required to shoot little things like insects. All in all; it was worth every minute! Enjoyed having you here today.

HubHugs~

K9


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Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

You really do have to get up close to some things to appreciate them. I have had a phobia of spiders all my life, and I recently decided enough was enough. I started to get closer to them, and began to appreciate their subtle coloring and amazing craftsmanship. There's currently a big spider with a web right outside our backdoor that I'm even calling my "friend" now.

Love these photos, and your bravery in taking them!


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

K-9, how great that you overcame your fear of bees in particular and took some very beautiful photos! I love to take photos of these things, but I don't have a fear of them. I completely understand how still and close you have to get to get this done, so good for you! You made me chuckle a couple of times, and this is a great hub! Very impressed with all the beauty and clarity here. :)


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

femmeflashpoint~ So glad you could make it by today! Thank you very much for such high praise. I did have to defeat some safety fears to get the bee shots, but I am thrilled that people are liking the results.

Taking these insect pictures was a wonderful experience and I am glad I did it. I am not so sure I would do it today, after seeing just how close I was to some of those bugs, it kinda creeps me out!

I love Dragonfly's too and they are among the few tiny critters I can tolerate, so the gift of this one being perched on a bush was a beautiful offering from Mother Nature herself!

I appreciate you sharing your thoughts here!

Cheers~

K9


femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

My goodness! What a great job you did with this! Fotojournalism at it's finest! :)

I'm so not a lover of bugs, howeverrrr .... I'm way impressed that you're not either and you braved them anyway to get some truly impressive shots.

Although I dislike "most" bugs, I'm quite partial to dragonflys, and very happy you found one to put in here! The butterfly photos were excellent as well, and the bee-sipping shot? Oh so brave of you, and your effort is appreciated. It made for a great pic!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

PegCole~ What a brave lady you are! I lived in Texas while in the Air Force and the BUGS in Texas ARE bigger! I think you may require a wide angle lens to get the shots! When you get a collection let me know; I would love to take a peek at your work! Thank you for sharing your remarks, I am flattered you made it by.

HubHugs~

K9


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Creepy and delicious! Great photos. I've been taking some shots around the house of Texas spiders, cicadas and other big bugs. You've inspired me to get some more.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Wannb Writer~ You are so kind! It pleases me that you like the Bee in the flower shot,...if you expand the image you can notice around the edges that there is just a hint of shakiness in the picture. I was really concerned, but had to get the shot. A lot of breath holding went on during the bee snapshots! Thank you for sharing your remarks here, glad to see you in the HubHood!

HubHugs~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

livelonger~ It is so interesting how bugs and insects can cause such fear and offer grand beauty at the same time. It was an amazing photo op I was thrilled (in many ways--including the fear factor) to embark upon. I do keep that epi close, but thanks for the reminder my friend! It warms my heart that you find the insect gallery up to standards, it has been a blast to create for the contest so far. I hope you are doing fantastic.

Huge HubHugs and a fellowship Shalom~

K9


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WannaB Writer 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

Fabulous insect photos. I actually thought the bee in the flower was a great shot -- especially since it took such courage for you to take it.


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livelonger 5 years ago from San Francisco

What stunning pictures! I LOVE INSECTS (well, except for mosquitoes, horseflies, and most annoying flies and gnats). Thank you for sharing these, especially since you did so with a bit of danger to your own health! (Keep that EpiPen close at all times!!!) Bees, beetles, and dragonflies are among my favorites, so these pics were a real treat. :)

Huge HubHugs and a hearty Shalom!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Thanks for the further explanation of the centipede. CREEPY! Now I will by hypervigilant of them, LOL


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leroy64 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas (Oak Cliff)

Great Hub!

I was trying to photograph a grasshopper today and I was chasing it all over the place. I guess it was camera shy. I wish someone had been there to film my chase. That would have been a great YouTube moment.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

carriethomson~ Thanks for sharing your comments. I will keep my eye (camera lens) open for a black and red beetle, as you are right on the nose; they are truly a design inspiration on many levels.

Cheers~

K9


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

WOW K9 what wonderful pics!! The best is the V wings butterfly:) the red beetle is missing though!! I love red with black spot beetles,very beautiful insect and a great design inspiration!! See if you can capture(thru camera) some :))

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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Denise~ Thanks for your comments. The centipede is actually categorized as a deadly insect because of its voracity for the fight. These leggy guys are not going to go down after a swat, stomp, or even a spray. They are quick, stealthy and freaking smart! They are a very vicious critter that Hunts prey rather than eating scraps like a roach or rat; which are the centipedes food source prey. They live a long life (up to 5 years I think) and have a tremendous memory.

Thanks for stopping by my friend!

HubHugs~

K9


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Wow! Who would have thought that there would be so many interesting bugs to shoot, LOL My favorite: the butterfly of course! Cool Shot.

I'm familiar with most of the insects you mentioned, but how is the house centipede deadly?

Thanks for the awesome hub and interesting chart.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Greenhousewife~ You are very kind, and I am truly flattered that you enjoyed the insect pictures. As you say, I have done my best over the years to, "ignore the tiny insect world", because they really freak me out. But, my drive to capture images won out during this photo op! It actually was a pretty nice adventure. Thank you so much for leaving your thoughts here, and for the complements on the bug pictures.

Cheers~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Flora~ Insects are not my favorite thing either, but taking these photos of them did help to see them in a different light--if you will. The Butterfly and Moths are the two I don't hold many fears for. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your comments.

HubHugs~

K9


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Greenhousewife 5 years ago

Absolutely wonderful photographs you have taken! You have captured the natural beauty of the often ignored insect world. Voted up!


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

I'm not a big fan of seeing most inspects enlarged a lot of them remind me then of spiders (esp. ants) and I'm terrified of them. However, I have always loved butterflies.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

habee~ Thank You So Much! Isn't that Big Bright Green Grasshopper a kick!? That thing is so big that I heard it land on the door window before ever seeing it. I wasn't sure if I was going to run or take the snapshot! It is about 6" in length...that's a really big bug to me!

Very humbled to find yours among the comments today!

HubHugs~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Hyphenbird~ Thank you so much for the nice comments. I adore nature photographs also, and it was a blast to simply get out with my camera and visit Mother Natures creations through a camera lens. I am partial to the butterfly "V" also.

Cheers~

K9


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia

Beautiful! I especially like the grasshopper on glass. Voted up!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I agree. That V butterfly picture is gorgeous. They are all lovely though. I really enjoy nature photography. And the detailed information is a nice addition.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

leahlefler~ I totally understand what you mean when talking about that giant Asian hornet, just the thought makes me cringe! Thank you for your warm comments about the Butterfly "V". I was amazed to have captured it and a little surprised it turned out. I appreciate you leaving your remarks here, thanks for making it by.

HubHugs~

K9


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leahlefler 5 years ago from Western New York

Great pictures - though I also have a fear of insects (and spiders)! The butterfly picture is spectacular - I don't think I've ever seen such a perfect "V!" I don't think I ever want to see the "Giant Asian Hornet." I can't imagine the sting from one of those insects!

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