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Stock Photography By Howard Birnstihl

Insects and spiders in extreme close-up showing shape, colour, texture, habitat and behaviour. Spiders using camouflage; preying mantids as irridescent green nymphs, as fierce garden predators with interesting mating habits; caterpillars all shapes & sizes; ladybirds & their life cycle as bright yellow eggs, spiky black nymphs & black & yellow adults; caterpillars in an incredible range of shapes & colours; butterflies; bees; mosquito lavae; damsel flies and more.

Camouflage at its best
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Praying mantids emerging from
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Emperor gum moth close up
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St. Andrews Cross Spider
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Beetle swarm
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Mantid eating fly
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Red looper caterpillar
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Mosquito larvae
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Praying mantid moulting
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Praying mantids mating
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Huntsman spider
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Long horned caterpillar
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Ladybirds mating
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Ladybird larvae emerging
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Hairy caterpillar
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Ladybird laying eggs
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Huntsman spider
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Emperor gum moth caterpillar
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Emperor gum moth wing detail
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Fly on grass rubbing legs
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Butterfly on balls
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Birdwing butterfly on palm
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Black house spider with egg sac
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Cicada emerging from pupa case
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Bull ant
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Imperial White Butterfly
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Droplets on spider's web
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Egg laying
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Praying mantids mating
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Ladybird with eggs
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Water beetle under water B
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Stick insect.
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Open for business.
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Jumping spider with fly.
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Sex in the swamp
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Nymph stage of the dragonfly
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A jewel in the bush
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Child with dragonfly
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Hungry pest
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I'm forever blowing
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The red and the black
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A sting in the tail
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Busy as a bee
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Underwater spider
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Emperor gum moth emerging
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Chinese junk caterpillar
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Gall grub
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tiny caterpillar leaving a
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Mantis on red leaf
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Mantis on leaf
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Bird dropping spider with eggs
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Grapevine caterpillar
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Bee working on blossom
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Gecko eyeing off its prey
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Butterflies in forest
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Lone butterfly in forest gloom
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Beekeeper at work
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Death'shead spider
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Redback spider
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Jumping spider with its prey
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Bathplug spider
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Bees swarming
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Sawfly larvae attacking gum
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Slaters swarming
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Soldier beetle swarm
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Spifire swarm
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Cicada emerging
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Emperor Gum Moth
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Winged bull ant
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Mantis hunting a stick insect
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Gecko eating stick insect
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Huntsman spider with young
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Triangular spider
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Wing of emperor gum moth
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Hairy caterpillar
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emperor gum moth caterpillar
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Water skiing on lake
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Photo Captions for Insects & spiders

Image #1. Camouflage at its best Bird dropping spider with eggs all looking like seed boxes and litter

Image #2. Praying mantids emerging from egg sac Tiny green praying mantids emerging from their egg sac or ootheca

Image #3. Emperor gum moth close up Very close view of emperor gum moth emphasising its hairy legs and antenae

Image #4. St. Andrews Cross Spider St Andrew's Cross Spider on distinctive web design

Image #5. Beetle swarm Swarm of beetles immediately after emerging

Image #6. Mantid eating fly Close-up of green praying mantid devouring fly

Image #7. Red looper caterpillar Red looper caterpillar creating sculptural image as it loops across a swirling gum leaf

Image #8. Mosquito larvae Two mosquito larvae hanging below the surface of the water with a red mite on a green leaf

Image #9. Praying mantid moulting Praying mantid hanging upside down under a leaf, after having shed its skin and waits for the new skin to dry out and harden

Image #10. Praying mantids mating Praying mantids mating whilst the female continues with her dinner

Image #11. Huntsman spider Close-up of highly decorative orange huntsman spider amongst leaf litter

Image #12. Long horned caterpillar Long horned caterpillar on leaf backlit and glowing

Image #13. Ladybirds mating Ladybirds mating on sheoak frond

Image #14. Ladybird larvae emerging Ladybird larvae emerging from orange eggs on twig

Image #15. Hairy caterpillar Hairy caterpillar on green leaves backlit and glowing

Image #16. Ladybird laying eggs Ladybird laying eggs on whispy sheoak twig

Image #17. Huntsman spider Extreme close-up of huntsman spider showing its four main eyes

Image #18. Emperor gum moth caterpillar Close-up of exotically shaped and coloured emperor gum moth caterpillar

Image #19. Emperor gum moth wing detail Detail showing texture and mock eye on wing of emperor gum moth

Image #20. Fly on grass rubbing legs Very detailed close-up of fly on grass rubbing front legs together

Image #21. Butterfly on balls Butterfly resting on ball bearings with mirror reflection

Image #22. Birdwing butterfly on palm Symmetrical image of birdwing butterfly on palm frond a study in green

Image #23. Black house spider with egg sac Black house spider spread-eagled over her egg sac

Image #24. Cicada emerging from pupa case Green cicada emerging from shell on tree trunk at night

Image #25. Bull ant Close up view of bull ant's head, eyes, nippers and mandibles

Image #26. Imperial White Butterfly Imperial white butterfly on dry grass head

Image #27. Droplets on spider's web Close view of droplets on spider's web on black background

Image #28. Egg laying Close view of praying mantid laying her eggs in her specially constructed ootheca

Image #29. Praying mantids mating Close view of praying mantids mating on a garden plant

Image #30. Ladybird with eggs Ladybird with newly laid eggs on Sheoak needles

Image #31. Water beetle under water B Close view of beetle underwater as it searches the creek bed for food

Image #32. Stick insect. Stick insect on fern frond showing its uncanny camouflage

Image #33. Open for business. Close view of the open trapdoor of a mouse spider showing the incredibly neat construction of burrow, door and hinge

Image #34. Jumping spider with fly. close up of jumping spider on long leaf clutching onto a blowfly much bigger than itself

Image #35. Sex in the swamp Damselflies mating on the stem of a water plant

Image #36. Nymph stage of the dragonfly underwater shot of a mudeye seeking out food on the bottom of the pond

Image #37. A jewel in the bush close view of a brilliant red dragonfly sitting on the end of a twig

Image #38. Child with dragonfly Close view of child watching a large dragonfly which has settled on her hand

Image #39. Hungry pest Close view of a grass hopper resting in a bush

Image #40. I'm forever blowing bubbles Close view of a fly regurgitating its meals as part of the digetive process

Image #41. The red and the black close view of red back spider clearly showing the telltale red back

Image #42. A sting in the tail Close view of a European Wasp showing its almost unreal plastic appearance

Image #43. Busy as a bee Close view of bees working busily on their honeycomb

Image #44. Underwater spider Underwater spider, covered in bubbles collected on a visit to the surface, clinging to the under side of a floating log

Image #45. Emperor gum moth emerging Three stages of the emperor gum moth emerging from its cocoon, unfolding its wings and then fully formed as an adult. Images available separately

Image #46. Chinese junk caterpillar Close view of a chinese junk caterpillar on a leaf showing its ornate marking pattern

Image #47. Lacewing Adult lacewing showing its antennae and wing structure

Image #48. Gall grub Bright orange grub seen in the gall it has created on a gum leaf

Image #49. tiny caterpillar leaving a long trail caterpillar leaving a long trail of excreted matter

Image #50. Mantis on red leaf Preying mantis with its antennae errect as it keenly watches its next victim

Image #51. Redback Female redback spider

Image #52. Mantis on leaf Preying mantis travelling from one leaf to another hoping for greener pastures

Image #53. Bird dropping spider with eggs Bird dropping spider with eggs completely camouflaged in a peppercorn tree

Image #54. Grapevine caterpillar Grapevine caterpillat exploring its way along a grapevine stem

Image #55. Bee working on blossom Bee working on a bright yellow flower

Image #56. Gecko eyeing off its prey Gecko peers at the silhouette of a mantis in the garden shrubbery

Image #57. Butterflies in forest Three blue-winged butterflies in the dappled light of the rainforest

Image #58. Lone butterfly in forest gloom Lone blue-winged butterfly amongst the rainforest plants

Image #59. Beekeeper at work Apiarist tending his hives out in the paddock

Image #60. Death'shead spider Deathshead spider with the typical skull-like image on its back

Image #61. Redback spider Female redback spider creeps across a wooly patch

Image #62. Jumping spider with its prey Jumping spider with its fairly substantial prey of a blowfly

Image #63. Bathplug spider Bathplug spider lies in wait at the trapdoor of iys burrow in the sands of the dry country

Image #64. Scorpion Scorpion on log in the dry country of outback NSW

Image #65. Bees swarming Bees swarming on honeycomb

Image #66. Sawfly larvae attacking gum leaf Mass of sawfly larvae savaging the leaves of a eucalypt

Image #67. Slaters swarming Common slaters swarming on rotten log

Image #68. Soldier beetle swarm Huge mass of green soldier beetles swarming on tree trunk

Image #69. Spifire swarm Steelblue sawfly larvae swarming on twig

Image #70. Cicada emerging Adult green cicada emerging from its final moult

Image #71. Emperor Gum Moth Close view of emperor gum moth with bushy antennae

Image #72. Winged bull ant winged bull ant on its nuptial flight

Image #73. Mantis hunting a stick insect Close view of preying mantis stalking a stick insect

Image #74. Gecko eating stick insect Close view of gecko eating stick insect

Image #75. Huntsman spider with young Huntsman spider astride her egg sac with a mass of spiderlings milling around her body for protection

Image #76. Triangular spider Orange triangular spider seen in crisp close-up climbing a grass stalk

Image #77. Wing of emperor gum moth Extreme close view of the eye pattern on the furry wing on an emperor gum moth

Image #78. Hairy caterpillar Fluffy caterpillar seen in close-up

Image #79. emperor gum moth caterpillar eating exotic colour and pattern of an emperor gum moth caterpillar seen in close-up as it chews its way through a gum leaf

Image #80. Water skiing on lake Water skier performing a dramatic turn as the spray climbs into an impressive wall behind her


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