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Pictured: The macro pictures of insects. <br />
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These close-up photos of weird and wonderful insects look like something from a sci-fi film.<br />
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Four of a jumping spider's eight eyes stare straight at the camera while the iridescent colours of beetles, bees and a deer fly can be seen in spectacular detail.<br />
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The insects and arthropods were photographed as part of scientific research documenting the different species and examining their behaviours, populations and trends.<br />
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Geoscientist and scientific photographer Mark Smith was able to get close to the insects by holding them in a glass crystal cuvette, a small tube sealed at one end often used by chemists. SEE OUR COPY FOR MORE DETAILS. <br />
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