Nature

By Nelson Groom


Lost in the throes of passion, these extreme close-up photographs turn creepy crawlies into adult film stars.

The picture set captures mating insects up close and personal as they are rarely seen – and the results are fascinating.

Ery Budi Nurhudha / Caters News

Ery Budi Nurhudha / Caters News

Indonesian macro-photographer Ery Budi Nurhudha has spent years shedding light on the hidden beauty of insects – including the occasional bout of ‘you know what’.

But the 32-year-old nurse, from Magelang in Central Java, said it’s very rare to actually catch bugs in the act – making his gallery of racy snaps all the more extraordinary.

Ery said: “You need a lot of luck to catch insects mating, it’s definitely not something you see every day.

Ery Budi Nurhudha / Caters News

Ery Budi Nurhudha / Caters News

“It’s amazing to see how alike they are to humans in this way. They have to attract the opposite sex first.

“But the way they do this is still mysterious. It is not clear what makes them attracted to each other.”

Ery said capturing the moment of coitus without spooking the bugs into submission is an extremely delicate process.

His stunning X-rated gallery includes butterflies, dragonflies and grasshoppers all caught in the act.

Ery Budi Nurhudha / Caters News

Ery added: “It’s important to not move too fast and scare them, but you also have to seize the moment because it is usually quite short.

“Capturing secret moments like this is amazing.”