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Alex Hyde is a natural history photographer based in the Peak District National Park, UK. Whether in a rainforest or his own back garden in Derbyshire, Alex can usually be found crawling around in the undergrowth, peering under stones in search of those smaller creatures that so often get overlooked. Frequently working with moving subjects smaller than a grain of rice, Alex has established himself as an expert in macro photography. By understanding the behaviour of his subjects, he is able to capture intimate portraits of spiders, insects and other invertebrates in their natural habitats.

As well as supplying the publishing industry, his images support on-going research into invertebrate behaviour. He recently collaborated with the Spider Lab at the University of Nottingham to photograph spiders ‘sailing’ on the surface of water. At the University of Derby his images have helped increase our understanding of the scaly cricket, a curious little insect restricted to a few shingle beaches around the UK.

An experienced tutor, Alex regularly delivers workshops and seminars on macro photography and has taught at a wide range of venues including Universities, the Wild Photos photography festival in London and the Scottish Nature Photography Festival. In 2015 Alex won the Hidden Britain category in the British Wildlife Photography Awards.
Jumping spider (Euophrys frontalis) male amongst flower petals, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK, June. - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Jumping spider (Euophrys frontalis) male amongst flower petals, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK, June.
Alpine moon daisy (Leucanthemopsis alpina) on mountainside, fisheye lens. Nordtirol, Austrian Alps, Austria, June. - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Alpine moon daisy (Leucanthemopsis alpina) on mountainside, fisheye lens. Nordtirol, Austrian Alps, Austria, June.
RF - Moths attracted to light trap in rainforest, on white background, image composite montage. Cordillera de Talamanca mountain range, Caribbean Slopes, Costa Rica. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / RF - Moths attracted to light trap in rainforest, on white background, image composite montage. Cordillera de Talamanca mountain range, Caribbean Slopes, Costa Rica.
Panther Chameleon {Furcifer pardalis} close-up of skin, green colouration. Masoala Peninsula National Park, north east Madagascar. - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Panther Chameleon {Furcifer pardalis} close-up of skin, green colouration. Masoala Peninsula National Park, north east Madagascar.
False coloured scanning electron micrograph of head of Jumping spider {Salticidae} UK - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / False coloured scanning electron micrograph of head of Jumping spider {Salticidae} UK
Viscid primrose (Primula latitolia) on mountainside, Nordtirol, Austrian Alps, 2600 metres, June. - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Viscid primrose (Primula latitolia) on mountainside, Nordtirol, Austrian Alps, 2600 metres, June.
Portrait of a Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris). UK. Focus stacked image (dead specimen). - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Portrait of a Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris). UK. Focus stacked image (dead specimen).
Green Huntsman Spider {Sparassidae} on leaf in tropical rainforest, Masoala Peninsula National Park, north east Madagascar. - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Green Huntsman Spider {Sparassidae} on leaf in tropical rainforest, Masoala Peninsula National Park, north east Madagascar.
Mountain Hare (Lepus timidus) on moorland with white winter coat, Kinder Scout, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK, February. - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Mountain Hare (Lepus timidus) on moorland with white winter coat, Kinder Scout, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK, February.
Assam silkmoth (Antheraea assamensis) male, close up showing feather-like antennae that enable the male to locate a female, originating from India, Burma and Sundaland. Captive. - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Assam silkmoth (Antheraea assamensis) male, close up showing feather-like antennae that enable the male to locate a female, originating from India, Burma and Sundaland. Captive.
Greater horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum) roosting in cave. Croatia. November. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Greater horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum) roosting in cave. Croatia. November.
Velvet Worm (Peripatus novaezealandiae) known as 'living fossils', having remained the same for approximately 570 million years, New Zealand, Captive - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Velvet Worm (Peripatus novaezealandiae) known as 'living fossils', having remained the same for approximately 570 million years, New Zealand, Captive
Male european larch flowers (Laxir decidua) shedding pollen, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, March. - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Male european larch flowers (Laxir decidua) shedding pollen, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, March.
Apollo butterfly (Parnassius apollo) on thistle head in alpine meadow. Nordtirol, Austrian Alps. - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Apollo butterfly (Parnassius apollo) on thistle head in alpine meadow. Nordtirol, Austrian Alps.
Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) on nest built on cliff, with long exposure of sea below  in the background, Isle of Lunga, Treshnish Isles, Scotland, June. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) on nest built on cliff, with long exposure of sea below in the background, Isle of Lunga, Treshnish Isles, Scotland, June.
Chicken wire coated in hoar frost. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK, December 2012. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Chicken wire coated in hoar frost. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK, December 2012.
Common horsetail (Equisetum arvense) shedding spores, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. April. - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Common horsetail (Equisetum arvense) shedding spores, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. April.
Beetle (Leptodirus hochenwartii) walking across a flow stone. This beetle is a troglobite, living only in caves and is endemic to certain karstic caves in the western Dinaric Alps. Slovenia, March. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Beetle (Leptodirus hochenwartii) walking across a flow stone. This beetle is a troglobite, living only in caves and is endemic to certain karstic caves in the western Dinaric Alps. Slovenia, March.
Water fleas (Daphnia sp.) and a green algae (Volvox aureus) in water from a garden pond. Derbyshire, UK. September. Digital composite. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Water fleas (Daphnia sp.) and a green algae (Volvox aureus) in water from a garden pond. Derbyshire, UK. September. Digital composite.
European / Common Lobster (Homarus gammarus) develoing eggs. The compound eyes of the embryos can be clearly seen. Controlled conditions, Cornwall, UK. Focus stacked image. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / European / Common Lobster (Homarus gammarus) develoing eggs. The compound eyes of the embryos can be clearly seen. Controlled conditions, Cornwall, UK. Focus stacked image.
Green hydra (Hydra viridissima) found in a garden pond. Derbyshire, UK. September. Winner of the Hidden Britain Category of the British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (BWPA) Competition 2017... - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Green hydra (Hydra viridissima) found in a garden pond. Derbyshire, UK. September. Winner of the Hidden Britain Category of the British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (BWPA) Competition 2017...
Male Alpine Newt (Ichthyosaura / Triturus alpestris) in mountain pool. Nordtirol, Austrian Alps. June. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Male Alpine Newt (Ichthyosaura / Triturus alpestris) in mountain pool. Nordtirol, Austrian Alps. June.
Velvet shank / Winter fungus (Flammulina velutipes), growing on dead tree. Peak District National Park, UK. December. Focus stacked image. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Velvet shank / Winter fungus (Flammulina velutipes), growing on dead tree. Peak District National Park, UK. December. Focus stacked image.
Common European toad tadpoles (Bufo bufo), sequence showing development of limbs. Derbyshire, UK. August. Digital composite. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Common European toad tadpoles (Bufo bufo), sequence showing development of limbs. Derbyshire, UK. August. Digital composite.
European / Common Lobster (Homarus gammarus) in rocky retreat. Controlled conditions, Cornwall, UK. May. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / European / Common Lobster (Homarus gammarus) in rocky retreat. Controlled conditions, Cornwall, UK. May.
Elephant Hawkmoth (Deilephila elpenor) close up of head showing proboscis. Note the pollen grains attached to its hairs. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. August. Focus Stacked. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Elephant Hawkmoth (Deilephila elpenor) close up of head showing proboscis. Note the pollen grains attached to its hairs. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. August. Focus Stacked.
Small copper butterfly (Lycaena phlaeas) in meadow. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. May. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Small copper butterfly (Lycaena phlaeas) in meadow. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. May.
Eggs of Common Blenny / Shanny (Lipophrys pholis). Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK. June. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Eggs of Common Blenny / Shanny (Lipophrys pholis). Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK. June.
Beech trees (Fagus sylvatica) woodland canopy in winter, photographed with a circular fisheye lens. Derbyshire, UK. December. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Beech trees (Fagus sylvatica) woodland canopy in winter, photographed with a circular fisheye lens. Derbyshire, UK. December.
Meadow of Fragrant Orchids (Gymnadenia conopsea) at sunset. Tirol, Austrian Alps, Austria, June. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Meadow of Fragrant Orchids (Gymnadenia conopsea) at sunset. Tirol, Austrian Alps, Austria, June.
Praying mantis {Mantodea} nymphs emerging from ootheca (egg case). Masoala Peninsula National Park, north east Madagascar. - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Praying mantis {Mantodea} nymphs emerging from ootheca (egg case). Masoala Peninsula National Park, north east Madagascar.
Violin beetle (Mormolyce sp) on tree trunk. Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Violin beetle (Mormolyce sp) on tree trunk. Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo.
Malaysian Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) white colour morph camouflaged on an orchid. Captive. Originating from Malaysia. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Malaysian Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) white colour morph camouflaged on an orchid. Captive. Originating from Malaysia.
Common Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio machaon) resting on Viper's Bugloss / Blueweed (Echium vulgare) in alpine meadow. Nordtirol, Tirol, Austrian Alps, Austria, 1700 metres altitude, July. - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Common Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio machaon) resting on Viper's Bugloss / Blueweed (Echium vulgare) in alpine meadow. Nordtirol, Tirol, Austrian Alps, Austria, 1700 metres altitude, July.
Tree coated in hoar frost along country lane near Eyam, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK, December 2009. - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Tree coated in hoar frost along country lane near Eyam, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK, December 2009.
Cup fungi (Cookeina sp) growing on decaying log, Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Cup fungi (Cookeina sp) growing on decaying log, Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo.
Helmet Vanga (Euryceros prevostii) on nest incubating eggs. Masoala Peninsula National Park, north east Madagascar. IUCN Vulnerable Species. - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Helmet Vanga (Euryceros prevostii) on nest incubating eggs. Masoala Peninsula National Park, north east Madagascar. IUCN Vulnerable Species.
Moth (Eupterote naessigi) with  dead leaves that it mimics for camouflage,  Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Moth (Eupterote naessigi) with dead leaves that it mimics for camouflage, Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo.
Dene Quarry at Cromford, producing crushed limestone aggregates for concrete and roadstone. Derbyshire, UK, January 2011. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Dene Quarry at Cromford, producing crushed limestone aggregates for concrete and roadstone. Derbyshire, UK, January 2011.
Human Head Louse (Pediculus humanus capitis) macro shot of claw, that allows the louse to grip onto the hairs of their human host, False-colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM). - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Human Head Louse (Pediculus humanus capitis) macro shot of claw, that allows the louse to grip onto the hairs of their human host, False-colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM).
House spider female (Tegenaria sp.) in garden shed. Derbyshire, UK, March. Highly Commended in the Urban Wildlife category of the 2015 British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) Competition. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / House spider female (Tegenaria sp.) in garden shed. Derbyshire, UK, March. Highly Commended in the Urban Wildlife category of the 2015 British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) Competition.
Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) flower detail, Devon, UK. June. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) flower detail, Devon, UK. June.
Male Fern (Dryopteris filix-mas) abstract, Isle of Mull, Scotland, UK. June. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Male Fern (Dryopteris filix-mas) abstract, Isle of Mull, Scotland, UK. June.
Wood Anemones (Anemone nemorosa) carpeting a woodland floor, low angle fish eye view, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK, May. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Wood Anemones (Anemone nemorosa) carpeting a woodland floor, low angle fish eye view, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK, May.
Leaf-cutter ants (Atta cephalotes) carrying pieces of leaf that they have harvested back to their underground fungus garden in their nest, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. Photographed in mobile field studi... - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Leaf-cutter ants (Atta cephalotes) carrying pieces of leaf that they have harvested back to their underground fungus garden in their nest, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. Photographed in mobile field studi...
Thistle Gall Fly (Terellia serratulae) feeding on a thistle. Nordtirol, Tirol, Austrian Alps, Austria. August. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Thistle Gall Fly (Terellia serratulae) feeding on a thistle. Nordtirol, Tirol, Austrian Alps, Austria. August.
Owl Butterfly {Caligo sp.} eggs on banana leaf. Captive, occurs in  Central and South America. Focus stacked image. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Owl Butterfly {Caligo sp.} eggs on banana leaf. Captive, occurs in Central and South America. Focus stacked image.
Poplar Hawkmoth (Laothoe populi) male, detail of head showing finely divided antennae. Derbyshire, UK. July. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Poplar Hawkmoth (Laothoe populi) male, detail of head showing finely divided antennae. Derbyshire, UK. July.
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