From the hooks used to grab onto flowers, to the shiny dimpled carapace, to the razor thin hair, a macro view of a beetle is like looking into another world.
Beautiful emerald butterfly on a series of vines. Its iridescent shimmer and perfectly symmetric shape make for a stunning sight.
The fuzzy bumble bee goes from flower to flower and pollen builds up on his legs and body, slowly covering him from head to toe.
Eight Legged Terror
Waiting in the dark, this spider hung from its web looking for unsuspecting insects who got too close.
A macro view of this beetle makes him look almost painted in his intricate design and pattern.
The blue morpho is a beautiful and large butterfly with a spectacular and glittering blue wing top. The underside of its wings however are a dull brown to provide camouflage. It immediately covers its bright blue wings as it lands, making it nearly impossible to capture the true beauty of this butterfly. It took over an hour of trying before I managed to snag this brief moment when he spread his wings before take off.
Umbrella Covered Moss
Making a perfect umbrella, this mushroom grew in a soft bed of moss on the side of a rock, and had a nearly perfect shape.
Flies and other insects enjoy the nectar of the butterfly bush just as much as bees, and this little guy was a bright green to contrast the purple flowers.
Although we typically think of butterflies as bright and beautiful, they are quite adept at camouflage as well. Using the underside of their wings to match their surroundings.
bouncing the light off a butterflies wings reveals the glitter and sparkle that is the thousands of tiny scales that make up their wings.
This bee was going all in to suck out every last bit of nectar from the flower.
I'm a Leaf
Taking a rest on a leaf and trying to blend in.
This dragonfly only landed for about 2 seconds, but I was able to capture the stunning detail in his wings which almost look spraypainted with a deep orange and red.
A true macro view of a butterfly reveals the startling detail hidden beneath our view. Thousands of tiny hairs, complex eyes and an array of color make up a butterfly.
This group of mushrooms looks like a perfectly organized set of rooms for any passing fairies.
Taking a drink from a leaf offered me a perfect opportunity to get a nice side profile of this butterfly.
A single ray of sunshine illuminated this mushroom as it sat on a bed of moss.
Using its long tube like proboscis to suck up nectar and have a morning snack.