Some of the Most Gorgeous Macrophotography We've Seen in Ages

Whether he's photographing snowflakes, or the coiled shell of a snail, German photographer Matthias Lenke has a way of bringing out the details in his subjects — but he does an especially breathtaking job with insects. We think you'll agree.

The images you see here were photographed by Lenke over the course of 2011 and 2012, and reveal the incredible structures of insect morphology in stunningly beautiful detail. As a point of reference, many of the insects you see pictured here measure just a few millimeters in length.

Included here is a handfull of our favorite shots, but you'll find a lot more of Lenke's work over on his photostream.

[Lenke's work spotted on Colossal]
Top image is of a Green lacewing (Chrysoperla carnea)

Some of the Most Gorgeous Macrophotography We've Seen in Ages

Zebraspringspinne (Salticus scenicus)

Some of the Most Gorgeous Macrophotography We've Seen in Ages

Cuckoo wasp Cleptes semiauratus

Some of the Most Gorgeous Macrophotography We've Seen in Ages

Abdomen of common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) with tergum

Some of the Most Gorgeous Macrophotography We've Seen in Ages

A female Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare)

Some of the Most Gorgeous Macrophotography We've Seen in Ages

Leaf beetle (Oulema gallaeciana)

Some of the Most Gorgeous Macrophotography We've Seen in Ages

Wing detail of a Common blue (Polyommatus icarus)

Some of the Most Gorgeous Macrophotography We've Seen in Ages

A house cricket (Acheta domesticus)

Some of the Most Gorgeous Macrophotography We've Seen in Ages

Seed beetle (subf. Bruchinae)

Some of the Most Gorgeous Macrophotography We've Seen in Ages

Lauxaniid fly (sp. Calliopum)