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Insect photography - Insect macro photography

Updated on January 6, 2012

Insect photography - The thrill it holds for me

Nature never ceases to amaze me. Insect photography has become a new passion, while macro photography is still a subject I have to master. The variety of insects around us is amazing, I have existed these many years unaware of such beauty around me. If you ask me the names of these insects, I would draw a blank, but all I can tell you is that I stand amazed. Most of us think we have seen it all and done it all as we grow older, not for me, my eyes are opening to a wonderful new world of photography and nature, which is always loaded with surprise and beauty. As I open my eyes to the world around me, my love for creation and all creatures is growing stronger and stronger. This is a beautiful world, come take a peep at the macro Insect photography that I have put together in this photo gallery for you. Don't forget to tell me how you felt.

Electric blue and black bug
Electric blue and black bug | Source

The electric blue bug - Macro Insect photography

This bug with electric blue stripes on a black body was buzzing around me until I got it to settle on this grass broom. Amazed as I was when I saw the picture, I decided to make a gallery just for this one guy, I have tried to find what kind of a bug this is, but to no avail. Help me, if you will, to identify this beautiful creature.

The general
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Insect photography - stunning nature

This Army general was found one day on my bonsai pot, the plant was sadly eaten up and did not survive his mighty appetite but, I did get my revenge, I captured him in digital waves to remain my prisoner for all eternity!! The camouflage was awesome, I may not have seen him eat my plant until it was almost bare. This baldheaded army general in army fatigues has been a fascinating catch for me.

Camouflage at its best - Insect photography

You missed him, didn't you? I found this leaf insect in the park, I wonder how I even managed to notice him. A garden pest alright, but I have no alternative but to admire his beauty!!!

Caterpillar, I hate caterpillars. They are my greatest enemies. I love plants and these annoy me to no end. Here I am, honoring this enemy of mine on HubPages.. because I can see beyond what he does to my plants. He is beautiful in his own way... my plants just happen to be on his menu. Cheer up sofs.. all creatures great and small have a purpose!!!

Leaf insect Macro photography

Stunning! Resembles a rhinoceros doesn't it? Huge, massive eater, another garden pest, that I rarely see around my garden. I was happy to catch him and take a closer look. Now, I am a great admirer, a fan of his!! Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder ;)

The ant bridge to flower land.
The ant bridge to flower land.

Macro photography - ants on a flower

I would have never noticed all this if not for this new found love of mine, macro insect photography. The number of ants on this tiny stalk of flower made me wonder what they found there. A closer look revealed that, there were eggs another insect had laid on the stalk of this flower, these ants apparently found them pretty tasty.

This moth hung on to a flower and looked like a dried leaf. I casually pulled it off and found to my surprise he was no leaf. In my lair no one goes Scot-free, he paid his price!!

Bee on a blue flower - macro photography

Bee on a blue flower. Pretty picture. Worth the wait.This picture has been my favorite and shall land up framed in different ways in my home soon...I have different versions of them .. take a look ...

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I hope you enjoyed these pictures as much as I did taking them and putting them together. Do not forgot to tell me what you liked best!!

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Have an awesome day....

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      I love the way you have several different photos of insects with their own little write up. Its am interesting hub. I like using insects for macro photography, and you may have just inspired me.

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      Mary Beth Granger 3 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Beautiful photos. Love that bee on the morning glory. You have inspired me...I need to get out in the garden and do some photography.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      Appreciate your sharing these images, always delighted to discover a photographer who has been bitten equally hard by the same bugs. Best wishes Sally

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      Ann-Christin 5 years ago from UK

      Your photos are amazing I'm just starting out on the macro journey I just need the insects to stay still long enough to photograph them :)

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      sofs 5 years ago

      D.A.L. Thank you kind sir, I am so honored. Your photography of nature was what motivated me to go and get myself a camera. This means a lot to me. Thank you and have an amazing day.

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      Dave 5 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Sofs, As a fellow nature lover, I admire the way you capture nature with your camera your photographs are stunning . really enjoyed this hub and appreciate you sharing it with us.

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Ardie, I love macro too.. I have been enjoying some of the pictures that I have taken recently... using a better camera and great macros. I appreciate your comment. Have a great day.

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      I love macro photography because it gives us a glimpe of detail about these little critters that we otherwise might not be able to get close enough to see. Superb images!!

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Coffeegginmyrice, Lol, I used to hate caterpillars. It is now that I really appreciate these creatures. I looked up the site though they look similar I am not sure that they are the same bugs.. The electric blue beetle hangs around my begonias all the time.. I was admiring it this afternoon too.. but too quick to get another shot.. Thanks for taking the time and the effort to figure out the bug.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      I am enjoying your photography on insects! I like to play with fat green caterpillars since childhood though they are not for keeps *smile*. Where did you find that electric blue bee? I have never seen such a unique and beautiful colour of it. Voted up!

      Oh, I quickly searched, look and see: http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2010/02/12/unknown-blu...

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      sofs 5 years ago

      natures47friend, Thanks for making me take a look at these pictures again.. it was such a labor of love.. I guess I need to do more! The general was a charmer, though he did have an appetite for my plant.. I haven't seen him around again.. Would love to ... Thanks for making my day. It is one of those hubs that you know you do because you want too!! I appreciate the comment . Have a lovely day!

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      natures47friend 5 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

      Wow! Amazing photos! I love insects. I thought it funny about your enemy. I like caterpillars, but hate the green cabbage (white) butterfly ones.

      I love the photo of the general with the huge appetite!

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Frogyfish, thank you for your kind comment and wishes... Wow, great to meet someone who like bug pictures... :) Cheers.. Have a wonderful day.

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Awww..happy boomer nurse..that is so sweet of you... thank you so much...I appreciate that greatly.

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Ruby, insects do look wonderful in marcro... glad you like them Ruby... Have a great day and maybe some disco dancing!!

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      These were just awesome! You captured their beauty and each one is an absolute delight. I love bug Pictures!

      And congrats on your win too! Cheers!

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Came back to wish you congratulations on winning the daily drawing for this hub. Even though the drawings are random, it's nice to see that it went to such a quality hub.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      sofs these pictures are amazing. Insects are beautiful when you see them up close. Thank you..

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Purple Perl, How magnanimous your comment is, thank you... Yes, I do love nature and I am glad that you are enjoying nature as much as I do!! I appreciate that greatly :) have an awesome day!!

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Simone, How wonderful to see you... frequenting my hubs.. lol you do look impressed in your picture... you should be playing around with your camera more often.. you will enjoy it, I can assure you!! Thanks gracious lady..have an awesome day!

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Peggy, thank so much for your very positive comment, it has been fun shooting those guys and preserving them for posterity... they are gorgeous and they have me in a buzz running after them.... funny is what I sometimes get on my very serious hubs.. lol Thank you :)

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      sofs 5 years ago

      @emichael... Thank you for your encouraging comment :)

      @ LuisGonzalez.. Thanks for the hint and the comment.. will check it bout soon.. :)

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      Purple Perl 5 years ago from Bangalore,India

      sofs, beautiful pics. You really love nature,even the tiny bits of it and want to make others aware of their beauty too. These insects are just insects to most of us but thru' your macro photography the beauty of mother nature is showcased. Thanks very much for sharing. And many congrats on the win!Truly well deserved!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      These images are just... SO IMPRESSIVE! I really ought to play around with macro photography more. The results are just so majestic! So surreal!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What a gorgeous collection of insects captured in macro photography form. Those ones that resemble leaves certainly have built in camouflage! I can see why you will be using some of these gorgeous photos in your home. What a gorgeous photo gallery! Good luck in the contest! Up votes all the way except funny.

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      Luis E Gonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Very good photos which obviously requires patience, something I don't often have much of...lol

      Hint; check your camera it seems to be over developing a bit.

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      emichael 5 years ago from New Orleans

      Wow. Seriously impressive. Well done, keep shooting!

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Sudha, What a great surprise... thank you so much my dear friend... for taking the time to look up and comment. You know how much this is appreciated.. thank you and God bless.

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      sofs 5 years ago

      @ Thank you Claudia, it was a wonderful surprise.. to win the draw!! Thank you for your interest and appreciation. God Bless!

      @ K9keystrokes, honored by your comment. Thank you for your kind words.

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      sofs 5 years ago

      @ Flora Breen Robinson, LOL I am not really afraid of any insect, but I never really appreciated them until now. Thank you the General is pretty handsome indeed.. a great catch I would say :)

      Thank you, for taking the time to appreciate my macro insect photography.. This really encourages me. Cheers!!

      @ Oceansunsets, Honored to receive such a comment from a great photographer like yourself. Thank you!!

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      sofs 5 years ago

      @ Stephanie, thank you for your kind words... that is the difficult part, to get the insects to pose for you :) I appreciate the visit and the comment.

      @ Thank you Sweetiepie, Isn't he handsome?? The blue bug?

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      sofs 5 years ago

      @Tim Nature is amazing indeed.. even the littlest things have a beauty of their own. Thank you for inspiring me .. and encouraging me always.

      @Arusho Thank you for admiring the little blue guy..my favorite too :)

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      sofs 5 years ago

      @ Happyboomernurse thank you for your gracious comment and for voting it up, I appreciate that :)

      @ emichael, I have no special equipment, just a point and shoot digital camera. I am learning that I can do much with what I have.. thanks for the comment and the interest.

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      sudha 5 years ago

      each one awesome in its own right...great job dear...

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      India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

      Niiiiiice! I love the coloration of the images and the dynamic configurations. Very impressive Insect Photography!

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      You have some very good pictures here, no wonder you are one of the Hubs Patron of The Arts Contest winners! Congratulations by the way.

      I loved the first photograph of the electric blue bug and the ant bridge to flower land. Your openness to nature's beauty certainly shows.

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      A wonderful hub, and I especially loved the Army General. How awesome a capture you got there! :)

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      Some of these insects I've never even heard of before. In general, I am only afraid of spiders. Very afraid. However, when ants are shown in larger sizes I get confused and immediately see a spider even though the legs are only 6. Then after staring a few seconds I see it is an ant. My favourite is the general.

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      SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I like the bee on the blue flower.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      I love the picture of the bee on the blue morning glory because it combines my favorite things about your hubs - close-ups of flowers and insects! You've done an amazing job of capturing these insects (how did you get them to pose?) and putting together a creative and unusual hub. Voted up!

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      arusho 5 years ago from University Place, Wa.

      I love the electric blue bee, or whatever is it, good job!

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      timorous 5 years ago from Me to You

      Hey sofs...isn't nature just amazing. Some of these insects are small enough that we hardly notice them, until we get up really close, as we can with a decent digital camera, and a whole new world opens up. Beautiful pics, my friend.

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      emichael 5 years ago from New Orleans

      Oh wow, these are amazing. Especially that first picture. The colors are so rich. What kind of equipment do you use, if you don't mind my asking?

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      This whole hub and the photographs was amazing. Your awe of nature comes shining through and it was a pleasure viewing and reading this hub. Voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting.