Incredible bug photos: Portraits of insects up close

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hoverfly

credit: Francis Prior

Hoverfly

Photographer Francis Prior puts insects under his macro lens and snaps portraits with amazing detail.

Prior's interest in macro insect photography stems from a source familiar to us -- a fellow photographer named Thomas Shahan. We have featured Shahan's work here on TreeHugger, and he has even been on the Today Show showing off his amazing photography. So it is no wonder that other photographers would want to try their hand at documenting this fascinating world of bugs.

Prior has taken his love of the natural world and the inspiration of other photographers and created a wonderful following of his own with his detailed portraits of a world we rarely see, let alone appreciate. Enjoy the photos in this slideshow, and learn more about how Prior creates these images.

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