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Bugs in Close-Up

Art / Photobook

By: Colin Hutton (Author)

240 pages, 200 colour photos

New Holland Publishers

Hardback | Feb 2015 | #218620 | ISBN-13: 9781921517389
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £16.99 $22/€20 approx

About this book

The extreme close-ups of insects, spiders and other invertebrates illustrate a hidden fauna of alien-looking critters. Many people see these creatures as creepy and revolting if they even notice them at all, but viewing these tiny animals through a macro lens presents them in an entirely new light. How many people have actually seen the 'face' of a tiny jumping spider, or the beautiful compound eyes of a female horsefly? This remarkable book will help people to appreciate the beauty of nature's smaller creatures. The macro photography brings to life the world of bugs, which is all around us yet too diminutive to be observed by the human eye.

Coverage of families includes the likes of butterflies, beetles and bees, right through to giant stick insects and mantids which look like they are straight from a science fiction film. It covers everything from warning patterns and camouflage to mimicry and many other unbelievable adaptations. The incredible photography is supported by informative extended captions detailing the subjects and in some cases explaining how the images were taken. Bugs in Close-Up is an essential read for insect enthusiasts and fans of creepy-crawlies everywhere, as well as for photographers who will marvel at the skills and techniques used when taking the close-up macro images. 


Contents

Introduction   6

MOTHS AND BUTTERFLIES   10
Camouflage   26
Mimicry   31
Eye-spots   36
Prominent caterpillars   45
Slug caterpillars   47
Atala Butterfly   56
DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES   60
Damselfly portraits   73
BEES AND WASPS   76
FLIES   90
BEETLES   106
Tortoise beetles   122
GRASSHOPPERS, KATYDIDS AND CRICKETS   130
Leaf mimic   144
Lichen mimic   146
Peacock katydid   148
MANTISES AND PHASMIDS   150
Hatching   159
TRUE BUGS   168
Leafhoppers   190
SPIDERS   196
MORE AMAZING BUGS   218
Mantisfly   230
Dobsonfly   232
Macro   234
Acknowledgments   237
Further reading   237
Image details   237
Index   238


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Biography

Author and photographer Colin Hutton has been taking macro images of invertebrates for many years, in his home country the USA as well as in other locations around the world. When not out in the field and behind the lens himself, he runs courses explaining how to get the best results from macro photography.

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