There are many small worlds that are not visible to the naked eye. One of those worlds is the world of insects that, if you look closely through the macro lens, may seem extremely alien to us. Award-winning photographer Mofeed Abu Shalwa from Saudi Arabia captures this alien world of insects and shows us the undiscovered beauty of these creatures.

Shalwa has traveled around the world and to more than seven forests, including Austrian forests, Amazon forests, and forests in Malaysia just to photograph these creatures. It was not a simple task as he had to study their presence and then search for them. Most of them are threatened with extinction. The photographer uses a focus-stacking technology to get sufficient depth of field and capture the stunning faces of these small creatures.

More info: Instagram | youpic.com

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Spider

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Animal Lover
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4 weeks ago

𝕀𝕥𝕤 𝕤𝕠 ᴛɪɴʏ

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Macro Spider

Macro Spider

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Bored Photography Researcher
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4 weeks ago

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What’s really interesting is that his love for macro photography started with his phobia of insects. To overcome this, he started to photograph them, and later on, this became his passion. “I actually started photography since 2010, and before that date, I used to photograph travel trips with my family since childhood. I have tried all genres of photography... but I stopped at photographing macro due to a very funny story, which is my fear of insects in my childhood. This fear grew because my colleagues at school came with these insects, and they knew that I suffered from an insect phobia. They used to throw them at me for fun until the idea of ​​extreme fear developed throughout those years and the experiment was repeated many times,” explained the artist to Bored Panda.

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Spotted Weevils Family

Spotted Weevils Family

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jevais
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4 weeks ago

Easter eggs with legs.

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Damselfly

Damselfly

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Queen Jackson.
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4 weeks ago

This is how I’m looking at this phone right now

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“When I acquired the photographic equipment later, I experimented with photographing people’s lives, photographing travel, photographing nature, etc... I knew that there was an axis for macro photography that focuses on accurately photographing insects. I have a great blog of my works on the global website youpic. The number of observations of my works has reached more than 10 million views. I’ve also received 147 international awards in the field of photography.”

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Long-Legged Fly

Long-Legged Fly

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Misyam Digail
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3 weeks ago

iphone wallpaper

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#6

Butterfly

Butterfly

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Janne Maker
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4 weeks ago

Wow, such a fantastic photo! Upvoted.

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#7

Scoliidae

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Nandy Nam
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4 weeks ago

It makes me think of a bull :O

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#8

Wolf Spider

Wolf Spider

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Roadkill The Brave
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4 weeks ago

Man these things look like multi-eyed walrus' up close.

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#9

Stag Beetle

Stag Beetle

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Madison Lam
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4 weeks ago

It looks kinda derpy :D

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#10

Blue Longhorn Beetle

Blue Longhorn Beetle

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Nandy Nam
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4 weeks ago

Can you imagine how tiny those flowers are ????

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Hoverfly

Hoverfly

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Sharon Hahn
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4 weeks ago

See a little grey mouse?

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#12

Mammoth Wasp

Mammoth Wasp

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Views Book
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4 weeks ago

WOW

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#13

Cyphochilus

Cyphochilus

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HempFairy
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4 weeks ago

Super cute! ❤

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#14

Goliathus Orientalis

Goliathus Orientalis

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HempFairy
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#15

Plexippus Paykulli

Plexippus Paykulli

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jevais
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4 weeks ago

Those eyes are incredibly.

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#16

Damselfly

Damselfly

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Sharon Hahn
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4 weeks ago

Loooong body!

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#17

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

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Sharon Hahn
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4 weeks ago

Brother to #16.

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#18

Crab Spider

Crab Spider

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May Day
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3 weeks ago

Hi there

#19

Robber Fly

Robber Fly

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Alan Mindy
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4 weeks ago

I can see a few things in the facial area, one being a skull with long teeth on top and a painted eye!

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#20

Rhynchophorus Ferrugineus

Rhynchophorus Ferrugineus

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Sharon Hahn
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4 weeks ago

Robotic legs with boxing gloves.

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#21

Locusts

Locusts

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May Day
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3 weeks ago

Striped eyes!

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#22

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

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HempFairy
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4 weeks ago

Trippy! I see so many things on this one, (O_o)

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#23

Wasp

Wasp

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Sharon Hahn
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4 weeks ago

Just waiting for the chance.

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#24

Date Palm Stem Borer

Date Palm Stem Borer

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Roadkill The Brave
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4 weeks ago

That looks like a lot of ow.

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#25

Phaedimus

Phaedimus

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Jan Feline
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4 weeks ago

Superhero!

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#26

The Butterfly Face

The Butterfly Face

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HempFairy
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#27

Butterfly Moth Yellow

Butterfly Moth Yellow

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jevais
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4 weeks ago

So furry.

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#28

Dicranocephalus Wallichi

Dicranocephalus Wallichi

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Laura Crawley
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4 weeks ago

Staghorn beetle???

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#29

Mantis

Mantis

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MsM
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4 weeks ago

Mantis has a concern

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#30

Ladybug

Ladybug

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Zakary Johnson
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3 weeks ago

One day in my time i ops stepped on a ladybug and i did not know it was there on the stepp

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#31

Jewel Beetle

Jewel Beetle

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Sharon Hahn
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4 weeks ago

Carries it's own rainbow.

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#32

Eupholus

Eupholus

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Susan Urbanczyk
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4 weeks ago

Those tiny iridescent spots are amazing.

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#33

Cyclommatus Metallifer

Cyclommatus Metallifer

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May Day
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3 weeks ago

Looks like a copper sculpture!

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#34

Orange Cicada

Orange Cicada

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Jenny Lorenz
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4 weeks ago

Wow up close they re way prettier than usual

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Orange Cicada

Orange Cicada

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MsM
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4 weeks ago

Kinda looks like a funky frog

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#36

Coilodera Kalimantanica

Coilodera Kalimantanica

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MsM
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4 weeks ago

Chicken bug

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#37

Hoverfly

Hoverfly

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Misyam Digail
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3 weeks ago

i can see lil mice there

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#38

Aphids

Aphids

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Sharon Hahn
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4 weeks ago

Plant killers!

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#39

Dicranocephalus Wallichii

Dicranocephalus Wallichii

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HempFairy
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4 weeks ago

Fancy colours! I ❤ it!

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#40

Butterfly

Butterfly

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Sharon Hahn
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4 weeks ago

So fuzzy!

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#41

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

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Sharon Hahn
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4 weeks ago

Is he looking my way?

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#42

Green Lacewing

Green Lacewing

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MsM
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4 weeks ago

Looks like a fish

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#43

Wasp

Wasp

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Helen Haley
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Even close up they look angry.

#44

Stag Beetle

Stag Beetle

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MsM
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Even more crustacean-like up close

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#45

Hoverfly

Hoverfly

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Judy Dunlevy
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4 weeks ago

Looks like a dog with long ears

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#46

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

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Judy Dunlevy
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4 weeks ago

Helmut head

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#47

Black Wasp

Black Wasp

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Sharon Hahn
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4 weeks ago

Licking it's chops before the sting!

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#48

Fly

Fly

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Roadkill The Brave
Community Member
4 weeks ago

All the other flies - beautiful, graceful looking even up close. Regular Fly - Looks like a nervous salesman.

#49

Green Stag Beetle

Green Stag Beetle

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Debbie Timberlake
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4 weeks ago

Is it actually green? If not what else differentiates it from other stag beetles?

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#50

Homoneura Fly

Homoneura Fly

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Lisa Bateman
Community Member
3 weeks ago

It's no cuter close up.

#51

Hoverfly

Hoverfly

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Sharon Hahn
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Silhouette of a human face on the right side.

#52

Carabus Rutilans Beetle

Carabus Rutilans Beetle

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Sharon Hahn
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Lots of body parts.

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#53

Ant

Ant

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Laura Crawley
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4 weeks ago

Looks like a weevil

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