In one of the portraits from our bizarre gallery of insect faces, you can see what happens when a fly sticks out its tongue. It's a disturbingly human expression on an otherwise alien visage.

Science photographer Steve Gschmeissner used a scanning electron microscope to take these headshots of familiar insects. What's revealed are all the armored, alien details of faces that we normally don't see. Meeting the eyes of a wasp and seeing the soft fluff of fur around a honeybee's face are at first disorienting, then fascinating. The images have been colorized to call attention to the different features of the bugs' faces.

See more images via the Telegraph.

Yellow dung fly



Human flea

Jumping spider



Tropical caterpillar's head