11 Glittering Insects From the US Geological Survey's Bug Collection

Insects are pretty much the raison d'etre of macro photography. And while there are plenty examples out there, this collection of hundreds of high-res creepy crawlies collected by the U.S. Geological Survey deserves some special attention.

The photos come to us from the USGS Bee Inventory & Monitoring Lab—part of a government agency that collects and studies wildlife data. Needless to say, there are plenty of bees in the gallery, as well as other specimens like flowers, butterflies, beetles, even snakes.

You could spend hours studying the minute detail of these high-res images that are all free to download and use under the Creative Commons license. Here are a few of our particular favorites, but you can download full size high resolution files here. [via Nerdcore]


Haverstman Spider (Leiobunum flavum)

11 Glittering Insects From the US Geological Survey's Bug Collection


Sweat Bee (Lasioglossum foxii)

11 Glittering Insects From the US Geological Survey's Bug Collection


Leafcutter Bee (Megachile texana)

11 Glittering Insects From the US Geological Survey's Bug Collection


Mason Bee (Dianthidium ulkei)

11 Glittering Insects From the US Geological Survey's Bug Collection


Planthopper (Rhynchomitra)

11 Glittering Insects From the US Geological Survey's Bug Collection


Leafcutter Bee (Megachile lanata)

11 Glittering Insects From the US Geological Survey's Bug Collection


Horsefly (Tabanus atratus)

11 Glittering Insects From the US Geological Survey's Bug Collection


Jumping Spider

11 Glittering Insects From the US Geological Survey's Bug Collection


Orchard spider (Leucauge venusta)

11 Glittering Insects From the US Geological Survey's Bug Collection


Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly (Calopteryx maculata)

11 Glittering Insects From the US Geological Survey's Bug Collection


Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica)

11 Glittering Insects From the US Geological Survey's Bug Collection