64 Macrophotography / Microphotography of Flying Insects or Bugs ~ Images of Flying Insects or Bugs
Through the macrophotography of flying insects, we will be soaring to new heights and observing some of our winged friends, and perhaps enemies, in a way that we are not able to do in our everyday lives.
You will see many bees, wasps, and flies. But more than that, you will be seeing features concerning these insects that you probably did not even know they had. Macrophotography allows us to view these creatures up close and personal.
You will be able to see the wings of these insects, something that is often hard to do with a flying insect. You will see their alien type mouth parts and their hairy bodies. You will be able to view their segmented body, legs and antenna. And let's not forget about their often over-sized compound eyes.
But even more important, macrophotography will provide you a view that is better than you would ever be able to see with the naked eye. And you can take as long at you want to admire the intricate details, because our subjects will not be flying away. So enjoy the journey through the macrophotograpy of flying insects.
Clicking on most images will allow you to view a larger version of that image.
In the images below, notice the different types of antenna that flying insects have. Notice also, the different types and sizes of wings, plus all the different ways and places that they attach to the insects body.
The images below show close-ups of many different insect's compound eyes. Take time to look at their front legs and their antenna also.
The bee above seems to be cocking its head in understanding.
There are so many things to see in the photo below. Notice the different types of hair and fur on the legs and body. The antenna and mouth parts are very easily viewed in this image. Look at the ends of its front feet, it almost appears to have toes.
The insect above has a piercing mouth part. Its antenna is very interesting.
Many of the images below allow you to get a good view of the insects' antennas, eyes, legs and mouth parts.
In the photos below, notice the interesting wings and eyes on these insects. Notice the different types of antennae and the hairs on these insects.
Interesting Insect - Cloak and Dagger Cuckoo Bee
This a very different and interesting bee. This is a Cloak and Dagger Cuckoo bee. This bee is homeless and rests and sleeps out in the open on a twig just as this one (see below) is doing. This bee does not build a nest or a hive, and they do not collect pollen.
Their behavior is very similar to their namesake, the cuckoo bird. The Cloak and Dagger Cuckoo bee lays its eggs in the nests of other bees, such as the Teddy bear bee and the Blue Banded bee. The term for this behavior is know as kleptoparasitism, which literally means parasitism by theft.
As the Cloak and Dagger Cuckoo bee makes its rounds during the day, they observe the Teddy Bear bee or the Blue Banded bee and then follow them back to their burrows. Waiting for the right moment, they then enter the burrow and lay an egg, many times killing the offspring that is already present in the burrow.
Macrophotography of Flying Insects
Through the macrophotography of flying insects, we have journeyed into a new world of beauty and have observed flying insects in spectacular ways. Many people fear bees and wasps, some, justifiably, because of their severe allergies to bee and wasp stings. Through the use of macrophotography, we are all able to view these insects safely and even better than we could have done with the naked eye.
I hope you have enjoyed our trip through the macrophotography of flying insects and will join me in another macrophotography adventure:
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