Insects & spiders

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

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

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

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

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

5. Beetle swarm. Swarm of beetles immediately after emerging

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13. Ladybirds mating. Ladybirds mating on sheoak frond

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

51. Redback. Female redback spider

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

65. Bees swarming. Bees swarming on honeycomb

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

67. Slaters swarming . Common slaters swarming on rotten log

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

69. Spifire swarm. Steelblue sawfly larvae swarming on twig

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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