By Tom Gardner
Published: 15:12 EDT, 17 June 2012 | Updated: 02:54 EDT, 18 June 2012>
These creatures certainly won't win any beauty competitions... and anyone with a phobia of insects might be best advised to look away now.
Amateur macro photographer Nicolas Reusens has travelled the globe in order to take stunning close-up pictures of some of the insect world's most weird and wonderful creepy-crawlies.
The 36-year-old spent three years amassing a huge series of hundreds of images of the amazing tiny ecosystem.
Eyes on you: Amateur macro photographer Nicolas Reusens amassed the huge series - totalling hundreds of images - over three years
Creepy-crawly: Each picture in the collection of unique bug images took between 20 and 200 shots to compose
Snapped: Nicolas Reusens used a marco lenses, which magnifies tiny images, allowing him to capture to crystal clear photos of bugs in astonishing detail
The Spanish photographer scoured the planet finding new bugs to photograph in his studio using an intricate set up.
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He used special macro lenses, which enable miniscule subjects to be magnified to enormous dimensions, in order to capture the crystal clear and pin sharp photos of the normally unseen insect world.
Some of the pictures include incredible details of an ant devouring a small cricket and a housefly covered in water vapour, which because of the magnification look like huge globules of water.
Survival of the fittest: The amazing close-up images of insects also shows details of the constant battle for survival going on in a world rarely noticed by humans
Food chain: Nicolas Reusens had to stay awake 24 hours in order to be ready to capture amazing images like this ant devouring its prey
Alien world: Each one of the collection of stunning images takes Nicolas between 20 and a 200 shots to compose
But getting the amazing pictures was not easy.
Nicolas had to stay awake 24 hours to snare wild insects he desperately needed to complete his collection of unique bug images.
Each one took between 20 and a staggering 200 shots to compose.
The finished image was the result was made possible by using a complex process named stacking, which combines multiple images taken at different focus distances to give a resulting image with a greater depth of field than any of the individual source images.
Up close: Nicolas Reusens used special camera lenses and a great deal of patience to capture the astonishing world of insects
Global search: Nicolas Reusens scoured the planet finding new bugs to photograph in his studio using an intricate set up
Magnified: This close-up picture shows a house fly drenched in water vapour, which look like large globules of water under the intense magnification
Bug's life: The series of pictures shines a spotlight on the weird and wonderful creatures which have adapted to exist in the tiny world
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