Sam Droegetakes Snaps Close-Ups of Beautiful Bees

By: Megan Facciuolo - Jun 3, 2014
References: flickr & designtaxi
Biologist Sam Droege has a stunning bee photography series that showcases the insects close-up. The bees are magnified up to five times their size, which allows for all their fine details to be brought to light.

The biologist, who works at the US Geological Survey’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, truly captures the beauty behind one of the most hated insects. No one likes getting stung by a bee, but these photos with leave you with more appreciation for the delicate creature.

Droege catalogs hundreds of bee species and these photographs are used to identify and track their populations. In order to accurately portray the bees and all their beauty, he gives them the full beauty treatment. In all seriousness, he preps each bee for its photo-opp by bathing it and blowdrying its hairs.