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Royalty Free Photos: Insects

Updated on June 7, 2013

Royalty Free Photos of Insects

On this lens you will find a selection of my royalty free photos of insects that can be used on websites, blogs, squidoo lenses and any other online device.

Although I do not really class myself as a photographer, I do enjoy taking pictures of the things I see on my travels, and insects are quite an interesting group of creatures to look at in close-up. On this page you will see that it is possible to take good quality photographs of insects using just a cheap camera.

Many photographers have helped me in the past by allowing me to use their photos on my websites, so here I have the opportunity to do the same for other by providing some of my own photos for use royalty free.

Feel free to use any of my photos that are displayed here and please leave a comment in the guestbook at the bottom of the page. Oh, and by the way, in fact these are not all insects - copyright free photos of invertebrates would be more accurate!

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1. All the insect images that you see on this page were taken by myself and permission is given for them to be used on web pages, blogs etc. for illustrative purposes.

2. Please do not reproduce these images on products/merchandise intended for sale.

3. If you want to use any of these pictures on printed educational material please send me an email about it first, I am almost certain to give permission.

4. Please do not offer these copyright free insect images for reuse elsewhere.


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Insect Photograph Gallery 1 - Insects From Great Britain

Insects are just about the most abundant form of animal life on the planet so if you like taking photographs of them, there is usually no shortage of subjects to practice with.

I have been lucky in that where I grew up there is a hay field right in front of the house and this is full of insects of all sorts and within a short walk of my mother's house you can see many species of butterflies, beetles and other insects easily; many of these photos have been taken within walking distance of this location.

Oh, the vigilant among you will notice that here I have included a photo of a spider, which is not an insect, it is an arachnid but I felt that it was not out of place here.

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Insect - Learn About Insects With This Wonderful Picture Book

DK Eyewitness Books: Insect: Discover the Busy World of Insects their Structure, History, and Fascinating Var
DK Eyewitness Books: Insect: Discover the Busy World of Insects their Structure, History, and Fascinating Var

This wonderful publication is a perfect way to learn more about the world's millions of species of insects. With beautiful photographs and a well-planned and attractive layout, this book is one that kids and adults will be enthralled with for hours. Of course, not all the species of insect in existence can be covered, but a wide range of species are included with accompanying pictures and facts.


Insect Photograph Gallery 2 - Insects (And Other Creepy Crawlies) From Thailand

If I thought that there were lots of insects close to my family home in England then when I first came to Thailand the profusion of invertebrate life was incredible. In the tropical climate of Thailand invertebrates abound and if you put out a light, in a rural area, at night, thousands of insects are attracted to it. On a couple of occasions I have had giant Preying Mantises land on me while I was having my dinner!

Here are just a few of my photographs of invertebrates (a few of these are not actually insects) from Thailand.

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Insect Photograph Gallery 3 - Butterflies From Britain & Thailand

Butterflies are some of the most colorful and enjoyable insects to be seen and unlike a lot of wildlife they can be photographed well with just a simple, compact digital camera. I have had a lot of success by just being patient and creeping up on butterflies, taking photos using the Macro setting on my camera.

I am also lucky that I live in Thailand where there are large numbers of butterflies in the forests, so it makes getting photographs of at least some of them much easier.

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More Butterfly Photos For Use Royalty Free

I have presented a large number of my butterfly photographs on this page for people to use, royalty free. You are welcome to use these pictures but please respect the terms of use given earlier on this page. Photographing these insects can be relatively easy if you have a little patience and a steady hand, and, of course, a good supply of butterflies.

I do not count myself as a butterfly photographer, but I spend a lot of time outdoors bird watching and leading bird watching tours, so when butterflies present themselves I always take the opportunity to photograph them - please take a look at my collection.

Insect Photograph Gallery 4 - Dragonflies and Damselflies from Britain and Thailand

Taking photographs of dragonflies and damselflies has proved to be much harder with just a small camera than photographing butterflies, they seem to be much more sensitive to movement and shadows and usually fly away before I get anywhere near them. However, when a photo is obtained, these wonderful creatures make a great subject.

Being out of doors frequently, I see a lot of spectacular dragonflies and damselflies, and over the years I have managed to get some nice photos.

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Dragonfly and Damselfly Photos
Dragonfly and Damselfly Photos

More Dragonfly and Damselfly Photos - Use Them, Royalty Free!

On this page you will find all my dragonfly and damselfly photographs available for use, royalty free. I have found photographing these insects quite difficult using just a compact digital camera, so I do not have hundreds of pictures to share, but there is a nice selection of dragonflies and damselflies from United Kingdom and Thailand, the two countries I spend most of my time in.

Dragonflies and damselflies are real gems and when you see them in close up the colors and structure of their bodies are incredible - take a look at them in my photos.

Nikon Coolpix 7600

All the photographs here were taken with this simple, compact digital camera; the Nikon Coolpix 7600. I am not a very good photographer really but this camera is easy to use and gives some satisfying results. There are a whole range of features and I usually take a number of shots using various settings to see which gives the best results. All the photos here were taken on Macro setting and I experimented with various light settings, although most are taken without flash.

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Nikon Coolpix 7600 7MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
Nikon Coolpix 7600 7MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom

An easy-to-use compact digital camera with a high-quality Leica lens which gives very good results. With a wide variety of settings to adjust for various light conditions and scenes, this camera allows the amateur photographer to take some surprisingly good pictures; this camera provides some particularly good results on macro setting.


Life In The Undergrowth - BBC Series by The BBC & David Attenborough

Life in the Undergrowth
Life in the Undergrowth

Life in the Undergrowth is a fascinating BBC series about the ecology of insects which contains some incredible footage; written and narrated by Sir David Attenborough. This is a wildlife documentary of the highest order and is a must for those who have an interest in insects and wildlife in general.


Please let me know what you think of these images of invertebrates and whether you have used any of them. Any other comments on the lens are also welcome.

Thanks For Looking At My Insect Photos - I Hope You Enjoyed Them

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    • nickupton lm profile imageAUTHOR

      nickupton lm 

      5 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: Yes it takes time but my work takes me out of doors for large parts of the year and I always have a camera handy just in case.

    • waihou profile image


      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      Great images - thanks a lot!

      Do you know about It's a quite handy resource for public domain images, too.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      Wonderful insect photos! I take some myself so I understand how hard you've worked to take this many quality photos. Well done!

    • MamaBelle profile image

      Francis Luxford 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      These are fantastic images! Great lens.

    • Ben Reed profile image

      Ben Reed 

      7 years ago from Redcar

      Wonderful photos. A wonderful lens

    • nickupton lm profile imageAUTHOR

      nickupton lm 

      8 years ago

      @sheilamarie78: There was a problem with the photo hosting website I was using. I have moved the photos to Flickr now and you can see the larger versions by clicking the thumbnails.

    • sheilamarie78 profile image


      8 years ago from British Columbia

      Great photos and great idea for a lens. Somehow, though, when I click on a thumbnail I get an "Access denied" message. Any suggestions?

    • GonnaFly profile image


      8 years ago from Australia

      Wow. What spectacular photos. I know how hard it can be to photograph insects. I think I need a camera with a better macro :-)


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