Some of the Most Gorgeous Macrophotography We've Seen in Ages

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Whether he's photographing snowflakes, or the coiled shell of a snail, German photographer Matthias Lenke has a way of bringing out the details in his subjects — but he does an especially breathtaking job with insects. We think you'll agree.

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The images you see here were photographed by Lenke over the course of 2011 and 2012, and reveal the incredible structures of insect morphology in stunningly beautiful detail. As a point of reference, many of the insects you see pictured here measure just a few millimeters in length.

Included here is a handfull of our favorite shots, but you'll find a lot more of Lenke's work over on his photostream.

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[Lenke's work spotted on Colossal]
Top image is of a Green lacewing (Chrysoperla carnea)

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Zebraspringspinne (Salticus scenicus)

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Cuckoo wasp Cleptes semiauratus

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Abdomen of common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) with tergum

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A female Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare)

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Leaf beetle (Oulema gallaeciana)

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Wing detail of a Common blue (Polyommatus icarus)

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A house cricket (Acheta domesticus)

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Seed beetle (subf. Bruchinae)

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Lauxaniid fly (sp. Calliopum)

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kyoukikyouju
KyoukiKyouju

The zebraspringspinne makes me hungry for some long grain rice.