The Incredible Macro Bug Portraiture of Thomas Shahan

When we stumbled on the photography of a Flickr user Opo Terser (alias, Thomas Shahan) we were frankly gobsmacked. This is among the most incredible macro photography we have ever seen and goes to show what specialization can do for a photographer. Thomas has graciously allowed us to host this collection at Light Stalking for our readers to enjoy!

Face of a Southern Yellowjacket Queen (Vespula squamosa)

Face of a Southern Yellowjacket Queen

Damsel Fly Head - (Argia vivida)

Damsel Fly Head – (Argia vivida)

Eyes of an Adult Female Phidippus putnami Jumping Spider

Eyes of an Adult Female Phidippus putnami Jumping Spider

Robber Fly - (Holcocephala fusca)

Robber Fly – (Holcocephala fusca)

Crane Fly - (Tipula)

Crane Fly – (Tipula)

Black Soldier Fly Head - (Hermetia illucens)

Black Soldier Fly Head – (Hermetia illucens)

Male Praying Mantis Head  - (Stagmomantis carolina?)

Male Praying Mantis Head  – (Stagmomantis carolina?)

Walking Stick Head - (Phasmatodea)

Walking Stick Head – (Phasmatodea)

Brown/Tan Damselfly Face

Brown/Tan Damselfly Face

Eyes of a Female Rabid Wolf Spider (Rabidosa rabida)

Eyes of a Female Rabid Wolf Spider (Rabidosa rabida)

Damselfly Face

Damselfly Face

Dragonfly Head

Dragonfly Head

Head of a Black Carpenter Ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus)

Head of a Black Carpenter Ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus)

Tiger Crane Fly Head (Nephrotoma ferruginea)

Tiger Crane Fly Head (Nephrotoma ferruginea)

Male Striped Horse Fly (Tabanus lineola)

Male Striped Horse Fly (Tabanus lineola)

Katydid Nymph Head - (Scudderia)

Katydid Nymph Head – (Scudderia)

Blue Damsel Fly Face - (Zygoptera)

Blue Damsel Fly Face – (Zygoptera)

Skipper with Proboscis - (Hesperiidae)

Skipper with Proboscis – (Hesperiidae)

Ugly Fly

Ugly Fly

We think these are incredible. We hope you do too. If you would like to see more of Thomas’ photos, don’t forget to check out his Flickr Photo Stream. You can also read a great interview with him where he divulges a few of his tricks and ideas on macro photography of insects and bugs. And don’t forget to check out his own website about vintage guitars!

35 thoughts on “The Incredible Macro Bug Portraiture of Thomas Shahan

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  3. roka

    Amazing amazing amazing images! I love macro photography, but my camera can’t EVEN get that close.. You work is fabulous!

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  6. Calvin Dodge

    So you’re saying “photographer specialization is for insects?” (apologies to Robert Heinlein)

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  9. luz rivera

    Oh! boy, if these bugs are everywhere, then where I am going to sleep? could be possible the people scrach their itchy skin for these bugs without know why the skin ithch?

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  12. Ricki

    I am learning how to photograph and love. micro work. I have a 105 portrait lens and tungsten lighting.

    Are you using a light tent?

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