A bug’s life: photographer captures beauty of insects in his back garden

The stunning close-up images are of insects commonly found during spring

Douglas Whitbread
Sunday 22 May 2022 00:01
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<p>‘They’re not menacing, they’re actually cute,’ he says</p>

‘They’re not menacing, they’re actually cute,’ he says

Amateur photographer Jamie Thorpe had been taking photos for 30 years before he caught the insect bug during the first lockdown.

Jamie, whose day job is a painter and decorator, said: “I just bought a new camera and set it up before the first lockdown happened.

“I’ve always been interested in insects, but I just started taking pictures with the macro lens of anything I could find, and that naturally leads you towards insects.”

He understands why some people may consider the insects in his pictures to be menacing but he says: “I look at them as totally cute, to be honest – the jumping spiders especially.”

“Usually when you explain the size of them as well, that they’re only 4-5mm, smaller than your little finger nail, the fear seems to subside a little bit with them.”

Jamie is from Lowestoft, in Suffolk, and reckons the hardest insect he has tried to photograph are jumping spiders, which are often found on heathland and farmland sites.

He says: “The jumping spiders are fairly hard to photograph as they don’t stay still for very long.

“But the trick with a lot of insects is to get them in the evenings or early mornings.

“So some of the shots are actually taken at night as then the insects don’t move around quite as much, rather than photographing them in the middle of the day when they would be really active.”

The photographer said he was most proud of a recent bumble bee photograph that he took in March: “I was exceptionally lucky with the bumblebee portrait.

“That was about three weeks ago, and I went out on a cold day, and the bumblebee was pretty dormant.”

Although he’s never been bitten by an insect, he’s had to keep his wits about him when taking photographs of hornets: “None of them are deadly, but I would say with the wasp shots and hornet shots, you’ve always got a chance of being stung by one of them.”

You can find more of Jamie’s insect photography here

SWNS

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