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The other-worldly insect world

Bumble bee
Dragonfly
Katydid
17 year cicada
Four-toothed Mason Wasp (Monobia quadridens)
Leaf-footed bug nymph - thanks, MartiDIY, for the identification!

Ailanthus webworm moth



92 comments:

  1. Superb photos. Love the diversity in nature but I'm glad most of them aren't in my backyard. I'm very skittish around bees, hornets and spiders.

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  2. Wonderful pictures !!! How nice to observe nature up close !!
    Greetings

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  3. Even if I don't like most of those creatures with 6 or more (*aargh*) legs, they look fantastic in closeup views. Your pictures are really great!
    Birgit from Austria

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  4. What great shots!
    You inspired me to write a wordless post at once.
    I'll be back to add my link!
    Greetings, Frauke

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  5. Awesome insect captures, great macro shots. I love the dragonfly. Thank you Sue for hosting. Have a happy week ahead!

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  6. Such amazing detail... such creepy detail!!!! :) Nice pictures. :)

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  7. Gorgeous macros!
    I decided to join in with my ladybird photos, even though they are not as impressive as yours. :)
    Have a lovely week!

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  8. These are amazing shots! Gorgeous critters!

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  9. Wow you captured great macros of the insets. Well done.

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  10. Love the detail in your photos! Thanks so much for the link party!

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  11. Great macro collection! My favorite is the katydid.
    Have a nice week, thanks for hosting

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  12. an interesting variety of insects and wonderful images they are.

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  13. Thank you for hosting....

    Fantastic captures!

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  14. Great photos. Thanks for hosting.

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  15. Fabulous insect pictures! I'm guessing you shot these with a macro - really good work.

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  16. These are great captures.It is really interesting to see different types of insects here.Interestingly these all insects have their own beautiful features.

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  17. eewww.....these close ups are too close up for me. Great pics though. Have a fabulous week

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  18. Great job, as always! Feeling itchy now that I've seen all those bugs! Teresa from NanaHood.com

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  19. Those are some super pics. Love them. Wow. Really cool.

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  20. Those are great pictures, perfect focus. Your #6 bug looks like a leaf footed bug nymph. A bad guy.

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  21. Very beautiful photos. Love the extreme close-ups.

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  22. Oh wow! Impressive photos. Incredible that you got these. I tried to photograph some insects this weekend and failed miserably. I am most attracted by the eyes. They are so shiny.

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  23. Hi Sue,
    Congrats on your amazing images. Otherworldly indeed! The closeups are shimmering bright. OMG,the dragonfly and its shadow is marvelous. You've got the expertise. Thanks!

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  24. I wish I had your talent for photography. Today we say dozens of beautiful, purple dragon-fly like insects at the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska. I didn't even try to get a photo but I wish I had been able to.

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  25. These are such amazing captures!!

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  26. Great shots!! I wish I could manage this but they are too fast for me :) I love the dragonfly... so amazing.

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  27. Wonderful pictures, I love these macros of insects, great !!

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  28. Amazing close up shots

    Have a bugtastic day :-)

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  29. Wow. These are amazing pictures.

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  30. Amazing shots! So clear. What lens did you use here?

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    1. So glad you enjoyed them!
      I used a Canon 6 D camera with a 100 mm f/2.8L IS USM lens.

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  31. Hi! Nice captures. Your photos are very impressive. Thanks for sharing.

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  32. Fantastic and interesting. Especially the dragonfly and the red eyes of the cicada.

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  33. Very nice set of macro images. I have never really tried macro photography, but I do find it fascinating. The level of detail achieved is remarkable. Nice work.

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  34. Those are truly incredible macro shots you captured. What lens did you use?

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    1. I used a Canon 6D with 100 mm f/2.8L IS USM lens. I really enjoy taking insect photos!
      Glad you enjoyed the photos!

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  35. So many...various insects, amazing little creatures captured in pics!! Have a sunny summer!

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  36. Your images are out of this world! The last one is my favorite, because of the design on the back:) Thanks for visiting me yesterday:)

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  37. Wow! I can learn a lot from these detailed photos of insects. Beautifully captured!

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  38. Excellent series of close ups.

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  39. Wow! Excellent closeups of the bugs. That one wasp looking thing is scary, though!

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  40. The last bug has stunning pattern

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  41. Fantastic macros of these insects, Sue! It's amazing how beautiful they are up close.

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  42. Beautiful bug shots. That reminds me I have to see if my bee shots turned out or not, but you've set the bar high for a good BIF (bee in flight ;p)

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  43. Excellent close up! I doubt my camera can take such details!

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  44. What great images, I'm going to have to show my children so they can be inspired too!

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  45. These are beautiful Su, they look like dragons or some other mystical beast when you get up so close to them. Beautiful bugs!

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  46. Hi Y'all!

    Love the buggy closeups.

    Y'all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

    http://www.browndogcbr.net

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  47. These macros are stunning, love them! I know how hard it' is to get good photos of these little bugs before they fly away :)

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  48. I love the bee on the yellow flower!Thanks for joining OMHG Wordless Wednesday...have a great week!
    Shellie
    www.thefabjourney.co

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  49. Thank-you for hosting AND visiting my blog each time AND most of all, leaving a comment! You are a great hostess!

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  50. Oh wow, you got some stunning shots!! :)

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  51. Look at those insects..They look wonderful in your photos. Love it...and the colors...niceee :)

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  52. I was leaving a comment this morning and got interrupted. I love your macros of all these insects. They look so interesting close up--love the cicada's red eyes!

    PS: Thankfully we did not see any bears in the park we walked in! I believe it would be too busy a place for bears to stay in during the day, but I would not be surprised if they came by at night to look for food in the picnic areas!

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  53. I looooooooove all of these! Insects are so cool. :D Awesome post!

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  54. Fantastic...such vibrant colors♪

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  55. What an amazing series of insects. The moth with folded wings on the daisy is gorgeous!

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  56. Great macro shots! You got some great ones here. I haven't been quite so lucky since getting my macro lens last summer. I really hoped this spring would provide an opportunity to use it, but my timing was off. Oh well...maybe I will have good luck finding the right instance to use it heavily. Have a fototastic week!

    My recent post...Gnarled Tree #WW

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  57. Thanks so much for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro ♥

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  58. These shots are terrific. Such wonderful close-ups!
    :-)
    Traci

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  59. great shots!! my kids would love seeing this up close and personal. I love the bee one.

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  60. Such fascinating pictures. I don't like creepy crawlies but love pictures of them x

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  61. Stunning insect images. :-) #aNoviceMumCommentLuv

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  62. Wow, those close-ups are incredible! #CheckOutThatView

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  63. Absolutely gorgeous captures they are so very detailed.xx

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  64. Some lovely photos and shots here!
    I'm glad I came across your blog!

    Angela from www.daysinbed.com

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  65. Just come across from Eileens blog ...
    What great photo's

    Hope your week has started well.

    All the best Jan

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  66. Oh my! what fabulous insect images - all so crisp and clear! thank you for linking up to Sunday Sundries!

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  67. Wow what amazing photos - so much detail captured! :-)

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  68. Oh my! What incredible images! Thank you for sharing at Photo Friday again last week. I appreciate the continued support!

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  69. They are all great but the dragonfly is incredible... I need to buy myself a closer lens! Thanks for linking up to #CheckOutThatView

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  70. ps. would love #CheckOutThatView to be included on your blogroll? ;)

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