The Bug’s Life: Cartoon Faces of Insects Caught in Incredible Details

With their oversized eyes they look like cartoon characters. But these stunning photos show the strange world of Britain’s most colourful bugs that are normally far too small to see. The spectacular series was captured by ‘Bugman,’ amateur photographer Eddie Nurcombe, using powerful macro equipment.

  • Rhododendron leafhopper taken on August 28 at the Melton Country Park near Melton Mowbray, England. He often spends more than half an hour poised in one position - waiting to get the perfect shot. 'They're constantly moving,' he said. 'I usually use my own body to support the camera because a tripod doesn't give you the freedom of movement you need. Sometimes they even land on my hand and stay there, which is very helpful.' Photo: Eddie NurcombeRhododendron leafhopper taken on August 28 at the Melton Country Park near Melton Mowbray, England. He often spends more than half an hour poised in one position - waiting to get the perfect shot. 'They're constantly moving,' he said. 'I usually use my own body to support the camera because a tripod doesn't give you the freedom of movement you need. Sometimes they even land on my hand and stay there, which is very helpful.' Photo: Eddie Nurcombe
  • Zebra spider taken at the Melton Country Park near Melton Mowbray, England. It has been a long process of trial and error and Mr Nurcombe has invested a lot of money into his labour of love, but recently it has begun to really pay off. Photo: Eddie NurcombeZebra spider taken at the Melton Country Park near Melton Mowbray, England. It has been a long process of trial and error and Mr Nurcombe has invested a lot of money into his labour of love, but recently it has begun to really pay off. Photo: Eddie Nurcombe
  • Surprise, surprise: A green shieldbug. Balancing his time as a process technologist for chemists Boots, making plastic bottles, Mr Nurcombe loves spending as much time as possible out in the countryside to do what he loves. He often spends more than half an hour poised in one position - waiting to get the perfect shot. Photo: Eddie NurcombeSurprise, surprise: A green shieldbug. Balancing his time as a process technologist for chemists Boots, making plastic bottles, Mr Nurcombe loves spending as much time as possible out in the countryside to do what he loves. He often spends more than half an hour poised in one position - waiting to get the perfect shot. Photo: Eddie Nurcombe
  • Watch out: Common Wasp, also taken at the Attenborough Nature Reserve. Eddie Nurcombe said: 'I love the idea that you can reveal levels of detail that most people never see or even know exists. The beauty of these creatures when you get up close to them is breathtaking.' Photo: Eddie NurcombeWatch out: Common Wasp, also taken at the Attenborough Nature Reserve. Eddie Nurcombe said: 'I love the idea that you can reveal levels of detail that most people never see or even know exists. The beauty of these creatures when you get up close to them is breathtaking.' Photo: Eddie Nurcombe
  • Along came a spider: Eddie Nurcombe, from Nottingham, spent hundreds of hours on his hands and knees in his garden, local nature reserves and parks to get up close and personal with the country's creepy crawlies. This is a jumping spider from the Salticidae species taken in Nottingham. Photo: Eddie NurcombeAlong came a spider: Eddie Nurcombe, from Nottingham, spent hundreds of hours on his hands and knees in his garden, local nature reserves and parks to get up close and personal with the country's creepy crawlies. This is a jumping spider from the Salticidae species taken in Nottingham. Photo: Eddie Nurcombe
  • Eddie captured this photograph of a cuckoo bee, using powerful macro lenses attached to his camera. 'Sometimes they even land on my hand and stay there, which is very helpful,' he said. 'I don't go out in search of one particular thing. There's beautiful wildlife all over the UK and I enjoy whatever comes along. Even if it is minuscule it's always exciting.'  Photo: Eddie NurcombeEddie captured this photograph of a cuckoo bee, using powerful macro lenses attached to his camera. 'Sometimes they even land on my hand and stay there, which is very helpful,' he said. 'I don't go out in search of one particular thing. There's beautiful wildlife all over the UK and I enjoy whatever comes along. Even if it is minuscule it's always exciting.' Photo: Eddie Nurcombe
  • Watch out: He spotted a series of macro pictures online last year and fell in love with the art of nature and started shooting pictures himself. "I love the idea that you can reveal levels of detail that most people never see or even know exists. The beauty of these creatures when you get up close to them is breathtaking." This is a Median Wasp, also taken at the Attenborough Nature Reserve. Photo: Eddie NurcombeWatch out: He spotted a series of macro pictures online last year and fell in love with the art of nature and started shooting pictures himself. "I love the idea that you can reveal levels of detail that most people never see or even know exists. The beauty of these creatures when you get up close to them is breathtaking." This is a Median Wasp, also taken at the Attenborough Nature Reserve. Photo: Eddie Nurcombe
  • Eddie Nurcombe said: "I love this type of photography because it brings out all that detail. It gives the insect's a cartoon-like quality and almost seems to give them character." A common Darter Dragonfly taken on August 1 at Attenborough Nature Reserve in Attenborough, Nottingham. Photo: Eddie NurcombeEddie Nurcombe said: "I love this type of photography because it brings out all that detail. It gives the insect's a cartoon-like quality and almost seems to give them character." A common Darter Dragonfly taken on August 1 at Attenborough Nature Reserve in Attenborough, Nottingham. Photo: Eddie Nurcombe
  • Ole blue eyes: These pictures by 'Bugman' Eddie Nurcombe show the cartoon faces of the Britain's most colourful bugs. Eddie captured this photograph of a common Blue Damselfly taken on August 28 at the Melton Country Park near Melton Mowbray, England, using powerful macro lenses attached to his camera. Photo: Eddie NurcombeOle blue eyes: These pictures by 'Bugman' Eddie Nurcombe show the cartoon faces of the Britain's most colourful bugs. Eddie captured this photograph of a common Blue Damselfly taken on August 28 at the Melton Country Park near Melton Mowbray, England, using powerful macro lenses attached to his camera. Photo: Eddie Nurcombe
  • Amateur photographer 'Bugman' Eddie Nurcombe taking pictures in his back garden at home in Nottingham. Photo: Eddie NurcombeAmateur photographer 'Bugman' Eddie Nurcombe taking pictures in his back garden at home in Nottingham. Photo: Eddie Nurcombe

With their oversized eyes they look like cartoon characters. But these stunning photos show the strange world of Britain’s most colourful bugs that are normally far too small to see. The spectacular series was captured by ‘Bugman,’ amateur photographer Eddie Nurcombe, using powerful macro equipment.

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