Amazing close-up photos of the smallest creatures in our homes have been captured by UK-based photographer Mikael Buck.
© Mikael Buck / Sony
Buck used a Sony Alpha 7R II, a 90mm macro lens and filter to take stunning images of bugs including ladybirds, house spiders and the common woodlouse.
Vanessa Amaral-Rogers, conservation campaigns officer at charity Buglife, said: ‘Bugs and insects are often considered vermin or pests and are not recognised for the hugely important ecological role they play.
‘Sony’s ‘Hidden World of Bugs and Insects’ photo series allows us to get up close and personal with the almost alien faces that can’t be seen by the naked eye.
‘The amazing detail that is captured in the picture series reveals how magnificent and beautiful these common bugs and insects truly are, instead of simply seeing them as creepy-crawlies.’
A Sony spokesperson said: ‘The camera’s incredibly high resolution capabilities, paired with the macro lens’s exceptionally high sharpness highlight the intricacies and complexities of the tiny denizens of our houses and flats, revealing an almost “alien” look to the insects.’
Amaral-Rogers added: ‘These fascinating creatures are some of the most common species found within our homes over the winter, and some of the most interesting.
‘The colder season can be a particularly tough on bugs and insects as they are reliant on the heat of the sun for their daily activity.
‘As a result, it’s not uncommon to see them moving indoors. Some can even be found hibernating in the quieter parts of the house like the attic or the porch. ‘For instance, ladybirds can often number in the thousands when they find spaces to hibernate in. These animals represent just a fragment of the amazing diversity that can be found all around us.’
Announced in June, the 42.4-million-pixel A7R II features what Sony billed as the world’s first back-illuminated 35mm (full-frame) CMOS imaging sensor.