We've highlighted the spectacular macro portraits of insects being photographed and posted on the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab's Flickr stream before. We're still blown away by what is being added to the gallery. The lab is dedicated to larvae and small-scale surveys of native bees, but bees aren't the only things the team photographs. If you haven't checked it out yet and you have any sort of interest in bugs, birds or macro photography, give it a gander. Here are some highlights featuring insects, eggs, a spider and a tiny caterpillar: 

bombus bee

"Male Bombus bimaculatus from Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, captured in the new native plant circle."

harlequin bug eggs

"Eggs, Harlequin bug, Murgantia histrionica, a common pest of brassicas, these were raised by the Weber USDA lab at Beltsville, Maryland."

insect face

"While almost certainly M. bimaculata, this specimen from Key Biscayne National Park, does not conform to the description of South Florida specimens, which are given the subspecies name. M. b. nulla."

festive tiger beetle

"Cicindela scutellaris - the Festive Tiger Beetle, found on top of a butte in Badlands National Park that had ancient windblown sand at its crest, very different from the rest of the gumbo soils of the park. Here this sand specialist can build its long burrows."

festive tiger beetle profile

"Cicindela scutellaris - the Festive Tiger Beetle"


"Centris ... the tropical western hemisphere's answer to the Bumblebee. Bumblebees are absent from the Caribbean but bees of the genus Centris are of the same size and shape and fill the same floral niche muscling their way into large tropical flowers."

pearly eye caterpillar

"The luscious greenescent caterpillar of the brown drab northern pearly eye butterfly."

crab spider

"An unknown Crab Spider or perhaps running crab spider. Beltsville, Maryland."

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9 amazing macro photos of insects
The U.S. Geological Survey's amazing Flickr stream of macro insect photos.