Amazing close-up pics of bees, spiders and other creatures
Incredible macro photographs of bees, spiders, wasps and caterpillars from the US Geological Survey Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory.
A small hole nesting bee, beautifully arrayed in dark black pitting and short, prone, white bands of hair.
A Cicindela Scutellaris also know as the Tiger Beetle. These sand specialists can build long burrows and can also be found living in grasslands and pine and oak-pine forests. They are around 11 to 14 mm and have short legs but a strong body.
A queen Polistes Exclamans head. These wasps can be found in America and Mexico and their colonies contain three kinds of wasp: workers, queens and males.
Time for some extreme insect close-ups! With the help of macro photography techniques the US Geological Survey Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory is on a mission to create an online directory of images to help researchers identify and protect bees, wasps, spiders and other insect species. This is the Pompilid Spider Wasp.
Pompilid Spider Wasps catch and paralyse their pray, laying eggs on their bodies for their larvae to feed upon when they hatch.
The luscious Greenescent caterpillar of the brown drab Northern Pearly Eye butterfly. Check out the six little eyes located down near the mouth.
Here's a Florida Masked bee. These rare bees are usually mistaken for wasps as they carry pollen internally rather than on their body hairs like other bees.
The Lithurgus Gibbosus bee mainly collects cactus pollen. This one was captured in North Carolina in America and is covered in prickly pear cactus pollen.
A female Hoplitis Fulgida bee. Most species in this bee genus are black, but a few, like this one, are beautifully coloured. The name Hoplitis Fulgida means 'glittering jewels' in Latin.
This beautiful multicoloured leafhopper is called a Graphocephala Versuta and is commonly found in North America. They are around 5mm in length.
An unknown species from the jumping spider family. They are named jumping spiders because of their ability to jump when hunting or responding to being threatened.
Another unknown species of jumping spider. This family of spiders have excellent vision, making them good navigators and hunters.