The Life of a Beetle: Photographer captures the beauty of insects in his garden

Amateur photographer Jamie Thorpe photographed for 30 years before catching the bug bug during the first lockdown.

Jamie, whose main job is a painter and decorator, said: “I just bought a new camera and set it up before the first lockdown hit.

“I’ve always been interested in insects, but I’ve just started shooting whatever I can find with the macro lens, and of course that leads you to insects.”

He understands why some people find the insects in his pictures menacing, but says, “I honestly think they’re super cute – especially the jumping spiders.”

“Usually, when you explain their size as well, that they’re only 4-5mm, smaller than the little fingernail, the anxiety seems to subside a little.”

Jamie is from Lowestoft in Suffolk and says the most difficult insects he’s tried to photograph are jumping spiders, which are often found on heathland and farmland.

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He says: “The jumping spiders are quite difficult to photograph because they don’t stay still for very long.

“But the trick with many insects is to get them in the evening or early morning.

“So some of the shots are actually taken at night because the insects aren’t moving as much then, rather than photographing them in the middle of the day when they would be really active.”

The photographer said he is most proud of a recent bumblebee photo he took in March: “I was exceptionally lucky with the bumblebee portrait.

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“That was about three weeks ago and I went out on a cold day and the bumblebee was pretty dormant.”

Although he’s never been bitten by an insect, he had to keep his wits about him when photographing hornets: “None of them are deadly, but I would say with the wasp and hornet shots you always have a chance of getting stung by one of them .”

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You can find more of Jamie’s insect photography here

SWNS The Life of a Beetle: Photographer captures the beauty of insects in his garden


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