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Spectacular Winning Images of The 2023 Insect Week Photography Awards

The Royal Entomological Society has announced the winning images from their Insect Week photography competition. This year’s competition for amateur photographers received over 700 entries from 34 countries across six continents, with 24 images earning commendations for their outstanding quality.

A spotted tiger beetle (Cicindela sexguttata). These metallic green beetles are native to North America and adults are efficient predators with large mandibles. Photograph: Benjamin Salb/Royal Entomological Society

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An ashy mining bee (Andrena cineraria) on an old dandelion head. A distinctive early spring bee, females burrow into the ground to make nests, creating a pile of soil by the entrance. Although they are solitary bees there may be many nests in a small area. Photograph: Rory Lewis/Royal Entomological Society

An Aphaenogaster iberica ant depredates on fruit flies pupae in the ground of a citrus orchard. As the name suggests, this ant is native to the Iberian peninsula but also Morocco. Photograph: Ángel Plata/Royal Entomological Society

A female wasp (Philanthus triangulum) nests in sandy soil with a captured and paralysed honey bee before laying an egg. Photograph: Rory Lewis/Royal Entomological Society

Bombus terrestris, a common bumble bee found throughout Europe. It is an excellent pollinator and reared commercially to enhance crop pollination. Photograph: Raymond J Cannon/Royal Entomological Society

A male orange tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) backlit by the afternoon sun. Only males have the orange tip on the upper forewing. Photograph: Sarah Perkins/Royal Entomological Society

A twin-lobed deerfly (Chrysops relictus). Like mosquitoes, egg development in the adult female requires a blood meal from cattle, horses or deer. The males are often seen on flowers while feeding on nectar. Photograph: Marc Brouwer/Royal Entomological Society

A freshly hatched owlfly, part of the ascalaphidae family. Owlflies are one of the ‘ugly ducklings’ of insects. The grotesque larvae are voracious predators in leaf litter and on trees; they ambush insect prey and capture them directly rather than trapping them in sand pits like their close relatives the antlions. They may attach sand and debris as camouflage. Photograph: Amith Kiran Menezes/Royal Entomological Society

Mating katydids. Although closely related to grasshoppers, bush crickets or katydids are easily distinguished by their long antennae. Photograph: Amith Kiran Menezes/Royal Entomological Society

A dune robber fly eating a sulphur beetle. Robber flies are robust predators of other insects. They wait in ambush and catch their prey in flight. Like the dune robber fly (Philonicus albiceps), the sulphur beetle (Cteniopus sulphureus) is a coastal species. Photograph: Jamie Spensley/Royal Entomological Society

A pink grasshopper with a genetic mutation known as erythrism, which causes a reddish discolouration. This species, the meadow grasshopper (Pseudochorthippus parallelus), shows a wide variation in colours from greens, browns through yellow and black to pink/purple. The rarer pink-purple form occurs in females. Photograph: Beverley Brouwer/Royal Entomological Society


This beautiful antlion (Euroleon nostras) found one late night after a rain storm. Antlion larvae dig funnel-shaped pits in sandy, light soil and bury themselves at the bottom. They feed on small arthropods that fall into the pit. Photograph: Dennis Teichert/Royal Entomological Society

Backlit shot of a European mantis (Mantis religiosa) next to a mushroom. The widely spaced eyes allow three-dimensional vision required for accurate prey capture. Mantids are cannibalistic and well known for females devouring males before, during or after mating. Photograph: Panagiotis Dalagiorgos/Royal Entomological Society

Low-angle shot of a Saga hellenica. These large, predatory bush-crickets feed on other insects. Photograph: Panagiotis Dalagiorgos/Royal Entomological Society

1st place in the Insect Week photography competition: a pair of mating golden-tabbed robber flies (Eutolmus rufibarbis). Photograph: Pete Burford/Royal Entomological Society


A banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens). The male colours are even more vibrant. Photograph: Bailey Carswell-Morris/Royal Entomological Society

A hummingbird hawk moth (Macroglossum stellatarum), which has a wing-beat frequency of about 75 times per second, similar to a small hummingbird. Photograph: Marc Brouwer/Royal Entomological Society

Two become one. Male and the female moths mate about three times over their 2-3-week life span. Photograph: Jamie Smart/Royal Entomological Society

A blue-tailed damselfly (Ischnura elegans). The larvae are aquatic and live in still or slow-moving water. Photograph: Gustav Parenmark/Royal Entomological Society

The New Zealand praying mantis is one of just two mantids established in New Zealand and is the only native species. Photograph: Rosa Dunbar/Royal Entomological Society

A red mason bee (Osmia bicornis). Females find existing cavities in which to build mud-lined cells. The cells are provisioned with pollen and nectar before an egg is laid and the cell sealed. Photograph: Will Scarratt/Royal Entomological Society

While red wood ants (Formica rufa) mainly feed on sugary aphid honeydew they are also predatory. This ant may need assistance with such a large prey. Photograph: Gustav Parenmark/Royal Entomological Society

A small damselfly (Ischnura posita), which is native to North America. Photograph: Benjamin Salb/Royal Entomological Society

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