Close-up with creepy crawlies

Close-up with creepy crawliesClose-up with creepy crawlies

Whether the shivers down your spine are those of disgust or disbelief, there is no denying the spectacular nature of these macro photos of the creatures we might not glance at twice with the naked eye. The images were taken by photographers at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory in Maryland. They can be downloaded from a Flickr page by anyone who might want them. There are hundreds of images on the site to scroll through, but here are some which stood out for me.

For more beautiful photos, taken closer to home, have a look at the Getaway photography page.

Melecta species. Photo by Sam DroegeMelecta species. Photo by Sam Droege

Melecta species. Photo by Sam Droege

Perdita latior. Photo by Sam DroegePerdita latior. Photo by Sam Droege

Perdita latior. Photo by Sam Droege

Osmia chalybea. Photo by Sam DroegeOsmia chalybea. Photo by Sam Droege

Osmia chalybea. Photo by Sam Droege

Megachile lanata. Photo by Sam DroegeMegachile lanata. Photo by Sam Droege

Megachile lanata. Photo by Sam Droege

Megachile latimanus. Photo by Sam DroegeMegachile latimanus. Photo by Sam Droege

Megachile latimanus. Photo by Sam Droege

Megachile fortis. Photo by Sam DroegeMegachile fortis. Photo by Sam Droege

Megachile fortis. Photo by Sam Droege

Leptochilus acolhuus. Photo by Sam DroegeLeptochilus acolhuus. Photo by Sam Droege

Leptochilus acolhuus. Photo by Sam Droeg.

Euglossa dilemma. Photo by Sam DroegeEuglossa dilemma. Photo by Sam Droege

Euglossa dilemma. Photo by Sam Droege

Coelioxys alternata. Photo by Sam DroegeCoelioxys alternata. Photo by Sam Droege

Coelioxys alternata. Photo by Sam Droege

Augochlorella aurata. Photo by Sam DroegeAugochlorella aurata. Photo by Sam Droege

Augochlorella aurata. Photo by Sam Droege

Augochlorella aurata. Photo by Sam DroegeAugochlorella aurata. Photo by Sam Droege

Augochlorella aurata. Photo by Sam Droege



This article, Close-up with creepy crawlies, was originally posted on the Getaway Blog by Paul Maughan-Brown.


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