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29-October 2013

Don't call me an ugly bug!

Photographer uses extreme close-ups to capture the unique faces of less conventionally attractive creatures

  • Colin Hutton took stunning photos of the world's most overlooked animals including spiders, flies and wasps
  • He said he often spends up to three hours trying to photograph just one restless bug to capture the perfect photo
  • Colin, from North Carolina, scours local parks to find the insects but will travel over 600 miles to his parent's house in Florida to capture more unusual bugs

A photographer has captured the astonishing details on small creatures' faces - by spending hours hovering over them and taking extreme close-up photographs.

Colin Hutton, 29, has created stunning portraits of the world's most overlooked animals including spiders, wasps, bees, common flies, and beetles.

He only pictures the animals alive and can spend up to three hours painstakingly trying to keep the insects still while he zooms in on his camera.

Photographer Colin Hutton, 29, has created stunning portraits of the world's most overlooked animals, including spiders, wasps, bees, common flies, and beetles. The images are made using a powerful macro lens and can be incredibly hard to achieve because of the quick movements of the creatures. He also photographed weevils, pictured. Many weevils are damaging to crops

A mystaceus spider


The images are made using a powerful macro lens and can be incredibly hard to achieve because of the quick movements of the creatures.

Colin, from North Carolina in the U.S, scours local parks to find the insects but will travel over 600 miles to his parent's house in Florida to capture more unusual bugs.

His favourite subjects are jumping spiders and he is even considering a trip to Australia to find the Peacock spider, due to their colourful abdomens.

One such jumping spider capture by Hutton is the Phidippus mystaceus spider.

It is found in North America and females grow the largest, reaching around one centimetre in body length. Females also have the most pronounced 'moustache', found below the eyes, and in fact the name of the species means Jumping Moustache.

The red back salamander, pictured, is a small terrestrial salamander usually found in forested areas under rocks and logs across eastern North America, west to Missouri, south to North Carolina, and north from southern Quebec and the Maritime Provinces in Canada to Minnesota. They are also known as the eastern red backed salamander or the northern red back salamander depending on where they are found. Adults grow between 5.7 and 10 cm in length


The larvae of a Spicebush Swallowtail. This larvae becomes a common swallowtail butterfly found in North America, also known as the Green-Clouded butterfly. The wingspan of a Spicebush Swallowtail ranges from nine to 10cm



There are said to be around 22,000 known species of Chalcids and each eat the egg or larvae of other insects for food. As a result, the wasps keep crop pests under control, and many species have been imported into regions with the sole purpose of controlling pests.

Hutton also managed to capture a series of dragonflies including a pair of small to medium-sized skimmers known as Erythrodiplax minuscula, or dragonlets.

They are found in the eastern United States, Argentina and Columbia. The insects reach a length of up to 2.7cm and their wings are almost as long, at 2.1cm. Young dragonlets are a green-brown colour while the adults are predominantly ash blue.

Hutton photographed a number of flies and damselflies on his travels, too, including the robber fly and the Rambur's forktail damselfly. The male Rambur's forktails are green with blue abdomens, while the females can range from being orange-red, olive green or similar to males in colour. It was named in honour of entomologist Jules Pierre Rambur.

These small to medium-sized skimmers are known as Erythrodiplax minuscula, or dragonlets. They are found in the eastern United States, Argentina and Columbia. The insects reach a length of up to 2.7cm and its wings are almost as long, at 2.1cm. Young dragonlets are a green-brown colour, left, while the adults are predominantly ash blue, right


The robber fly has spiny legs and stiff bristles on its face called the mystax, from the Greek mystakos meaning 'moustache' or 'upper lip'. Adults grow to around 1.5 cm in length.

Hutton also captured images of reptiles, including the red back salamander.

It is a small terrestrial salamander usually found in forested areas under rocks and logs across eastern North America, west to Missouri, south to North Carolina, and north from southern Quebec and the Maritime Provinces in Canada to Minnesota.

They are also known as the eastern red backed salamander or the northern red back salamander depending on where they are found. Adults grow between 5.7 and 10 cm in length.

The top image shows a Rambur's forktail damselfly. The males, such as the one pictured, are green with blue abdomens, while the females can range from being orange-red, olive green or similar to males in colour. It was named in honour of entomologist Jules Pierre Rambur. The robber fly, bottom, has spiny legs and stiff bristles on its face called the mystax, from the Greek mystakos meaning 'moustache' or 'upper lip'. Adults grow to around 1.5 cm in length


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