Technicolour insects

Extreme close ups of insects as you’ve never seen them before.

EDGAR staff December 16, 2015

Insects are all around us and for the most part, we don’t even give them a second thought (apart from those in the world who see them as dinner, of course).

However, while the common housefly might not look like much from our usual faraway view, when you get up close, you start to see what amazing creatures these insects really are.

One organisation that has taken getting up close and personal with insects to another level is the US Geological Survey’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Centre.

Since 1936 the centre has been studying insects in great detail in order to protect and conserve them. While this was a rather rudimentary operation at first, as technology and the quality of cameras advanced, so too did the level of detail we can see in the insects.

The result of their research is this astonishing set of super-close-up photographs, which reveal in amazing technicolour the true beauty that has been in front of our very eyes but we have been unable to see.

Details: pwrc.usgs.gov