75 Close-Ups Of Bugs

Up close, bugs are terrifying. Heck, from far, bugs are terrifying. But with the safe distance through the lens of a camera? They're amazing.



Shot with Canon 550D MC Helios 44-3 Macro extension tubes ISO 100 1/400 f8 I was hunting (for a pic) in my garden when this guy landed on my thumb.

- Benjamin Toth

Jumping Spider


Found this jumping spider on a flower pot outside in the sun. Canon 50D Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro plus Kenko tubes Canon MT-24EX Flash 100 ISO 1/250th f/10

- Chris Andrews

2-Year-Old Self


After reading about the contest my two year old and myself went outside to see what we could find. We came across a dragonfly that didn't seem to bothered by us getting up in his face. I was able to get the macro lens to its minimum focus distance of 12" which resulted in an insanely thin depth of field at f/2.8 (0.04"). I bumped it up to f/5.6 for a DOF of 0.08" which got more of the head in the focus plane. While I was framing my shot my two year old was framing his own with his VTech Kidizoom and shouting "my click bug!". If you ask me I think he did a pretty good job (see the other attached image). Canon 6D Canon 100 mm f/2.8L IS USM 1/100 sec f/5.6 100 ISO

- Patrick Landy



I live in Cordoba, Spain and this was a random shot taken on a long walk to an abandoned monastery. Lumix g10 Lumix g vario 14-42/ f3.5-5.6 iso 100

- Mike Dobbins

On Green


Sony SLT-A57, Konica Minolta 18-70mm f3.5/5.6 kit lens (flipped), ISO 800, Shutter Speed 1/80, f3.5 (approximately, no manual controls on lens) I am an avid follower of Gizmodo, I view it daily and constantly see the Shooting Challenges but have never taken the initiative to do one. I just recently bought my Sony SLT-A57 however, and decided to give it a try. This photo was taken in my backyard on a tomato plant at around mid-day. Although some other contestants may have crossed deserts simply to get a photo, I went into my backyard and I have to say the worst part was mosquitoes! Regardless, I still think this is a great picture and I hope you agree!

- Neil Pretkelis

Little Emperor


Camera: Nikon D7000 Lens: Nikkor MICRO 60mm 1:2.8D ISO 800 Photographed by: Sharbeen Sarash Photographed Location: Kannur, Kerala, India It was just in front of my house in Kerala, India. I had just got out to take a walk and saw the 8 legged still on the leaves of the 2 foot plant. Immediately head back home took the my equipment and snapped it! My place is always inhabited with different creatures. You will always find one or the other to click.

- Sharbeen Sarash

Colorful Decor


I was visiting my parents and decided to take the opportunity to shoot some macro shots of flowers in the garden. The Nikon 105mm VR Micro is a stellar lens and my favorite; I try to use it every chance I get. Well, the insects actually turned out to be much more interesting. Only afterwards I remembered seeing the contest on Giz... Out of 80 or so shots I selected this one because this little guy had the most personality - looking at the camera and sticking his tongue out at you! The vibrant colors of the flower and the nice colorful background added to the shot. Equipment: Nikon D600 Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor lens Technique & settings: Format: 14-bit RAW Exposure: 1/125 sec at f/13 Focal length: 105mm ISO: 2000 Aperture priority Handheld Direct sunlight Image processing: Lightroom 5 - cropping, color correction Photoshop CS6 - resizing and export

- Roman Blagovirnyy

Drink Up


I had other intentions when I went out bug hunting. There have been massive orb weavers in my backyard all summer, but when I went to find them, they were in hiding. A few flies and a daddy long leg later, and the best that I could find was an old moth. Mosquitos had been biting at me the whole time, and then I finally had one land on my leg. I made sure to let it get a firm grip before I brought the lens up. The swiveling display came in handy, because I had to point the camera towards myself in order to get the right angle. When the mosquito was done, it flew away and left a sizable red bump on my shin. It was shot with a Canon 60D with a Tamron 100mm Macro lens. 1/125 f2.8 at 100 iso.

- Tyler Greeson



The junebugs sure loved the orange tree. What they did not love was facing the camera and staying still enough for me to focus. Camera: Nikon D600 Lens: Nikon 105 f/2.8 Aperture: f/32 Shutter Speed: 1/160 ISO: 5000

- Quentin Swager



This picture was taken with an iPhone 4s and edited with Snapseed on an iPad. I was just out watering my plants in my garden and noticed a caterpillar on my Dill plants. It is Black Swallowtail Caterpillar, which are attracted to the Dill plant blooms. Well I hope ya'll like the photo.

- Bobby Gutierrez

Green Spider


This year I decided to try my hand at growing giant sunflowers which are in the middle of blooming. For a few weeks I have been watching as birds, bees and many other insects visit but this was the first time I saw a spider. Pretty cool contrast between the yellow flower and bright green spider. This photo was taken with a Nikon d5000 with the stock 85 -15mm lens, f/5.6, 1/125 sec. ISO-400. Post production was cropping and lightening with PhotoScape

- James Bowman



I knew I would only have one morning to go out shooting. I also knew that a damselfly was my goal. Most people do not realize how hairy a damselfly is and I hoped that I could get an image to demonstrate it. The best way to light up the hairs and the tiny translucent legs on a damsel is with a strong backlight. I used my Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens with a twin light flash on my old 40D. I have the twin flash rigged up with the most ghetto contraption made of cardboard, duct tape, diffusers and reflectors. I spent at least an hour and a half chasing damsels around until I was able to find this one sitting still. I dialed the macro up to somewhere between 3:1 and 4:1 macro ratio which gave only 2-3 mm depth of field. I set my camera to ISO 100, f/11 and 1/250 second and cranked up the power on the flash that was being reflected from behind the insect. I only got 2 or 3 images and there it was....gone!

- Dan Bergstrom



I was hanging out in the yard with some friends and they saw a grandaddy long leg. As i was walking over to take a picture i saw this beautiful specimen creeping through the grass. I got up close and she was ready and willing to be my model, and such a great model at that! After the shoot we went our different ways and it was a very sad time for both of us. She will always live in our hearts no matter what happens to her in the future. Until we meet again my darling. I used my Canon EOS Rebel T4i with an 18-55mm lens with a 10x macro attachment, and a macro ring flash as you can see in her eyes.

- Andrew Smith

Boston Public Fly


This was taken in The Boston Public Gardens Sunday July 21, 2013. This was taken laying down on a walkway by the flower beds of the Boston Public Gardens in the midday sun. Hoards of tourists passed along — kids wondering what I was shooting. With the macro lens, a simple fly turns otherworldly. Canon 5D Markii 100mm 2.8 Macro L Lens 1/80 sec; f/4.5; ISO 100 Adobe bridge and photoshop - minimal post processing

- Eli Akerstein

Fantastic entries all around. And there are so many more to be seen! Head over to flickr where the rest of the 75 shots (and full rez wallpapers) reside. Because nothing says "welcome back to your desktop" like a giant, terrifying insect staring from underneath your icons.


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