Solvin Zankl / Honey bee (Apis mellifera) collecting pollen from the flower of an apple tree, Germany
Niall Benvie / RF- Chanterelle mushroom (Cantharellus cibarius), gill detail. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Floris van Breugel / Macro shot of a Breccia in a remote canyon, Saline Valley, Death Valley National Park, California, USA December
Radomir Jakubowski / Marbled white butterfly (Melanargia galathea) on Horsetail (Equisetum), Herbitzheim near Saarbruecken, Saarland, Germany. Finalist in the Macro category and winner of the audience award in the Montpho...
Visuals Unlimited / Black-eyed Susans refracted in dew drops on blade of grass
Visuals Unlimited / Mosquito (Culex pipiens) female feeding on human blood, while a second mosquito is arriving.
Visuals Unlimited / Mosquito (Culex pipiens) backlit while drinking blood.
Benjamin Barthelemy,Benjamin Barthelemy / Female Azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella), Vallee de la Seille (Seille Valley), Lorraine, France, June
Benjamin Barthelemy,Benjamin Barthelemy / Male Azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella) resting on a stem, Vallee de la Seille (Seille Valley), Lorraine, France, June
Franco Banfi / Detail of sponge (Chalinula nematifera) Maldives, Indian Ocean
Ammonite / Earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris) moving through and feeding on leaf litter, Bristol, England, UK, June.
Ammonite / Black garden ant (Lasius niger) carrying off a dead aphid and milking others for honeydew, Bristol, England, UK, July.
Ammonite / Earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris) moving through leaf litter, footage taken using an endoscopic camera in controlled conditions, Bristol, England, UK, June.
Ammonite / Close-up of a Yellow slug (Limax flavus) moving towards the camera leaving a slime trail and extending and retracting its eyestalk, footage taken using an endoscopic camera, Bristol, England, UK, Marc...
Ammonite / Close-up of a Yellow slug (Limax flavus) leaving a slime trail as it moves, footage taken using an endoscopic camera, Bristol, England, UK, March.
Alex Hyde / Giant Forest Scorpion (Heterometrus laoticus / longimanus). Captive, endemic to Vietnam / Thailand.
Alex Hyde / Portrait of a Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris). UK. Focus stacked image (dead specimen).
Kim Taylor / Assassin Bug (Rhinocoris sp.) Endemic to Costa Rica.
Kim Taylor / Rainbow Shield Bug (Calidea dregii) Endemic to Southern Africa.
Luke Massey / 2020VISION / Pond skater (Gerris lacustris) on a pond, Hertfordshire, England, UK, June.
Ross Hoddinott / 2020VISION / Lesser celandine (Ranunculus ficaria) in flower, Cornwall, England, UK, March. Did you know? William Wordsworth wrote three poems about Lesser celandines.
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).
Alex Hyde / Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) close up of stinging hairs, the silicified tips of the stinging hairs are brittle and snap off easily if the nettle is brushed. Focus stacked image. UK.
Alex Hyde / Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris) close up of sting, UK
Paul Hobson / Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella) male grasping stem with eyes and head in sharp focus. Sheffield, UK, May. 'Animal Portraits' category, British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) competition 2012.
Katrina Martin / 2020VISION / Flowering Common bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) with dew, Cumbernauld Glen SWT reserve, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK, May. 2020VISION Book Plate.
Ross Hoddinott / Fungus (Mycena sp.) gills backlit, seen from low angle. Dartmoor, Devon, UK. 'Wild Woods' category, British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) competition 2012.
Andy Sands / Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris) drinking at water's surface from floating leaf. Captive, UK. 'Hidden Britain' category, British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) competition 2012.
Kim Taylor / Wood Ant (Formica rufa) worker protecting the nest by jetting formic acid from its tail. Endemic to Europe and Asia. Surrey, UK.
Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Abstract patterns in Phragmites reedbed. Scotland, November.
Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Amphipod (Iphimedia obesa) on top of a colony of Deadman's fingers (Alcyonium digitatum) coral, Loch Carron, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland, UK, April. Highly commended in the British Wildlife Photograph...
Solvin Zankl / Spines of sea urchins from sand sample from Raja Ampat, Indonesia, the wide range of colours of these animals become visible. Diagonal of frame approx. 5 mm Digital focus stacking image
Fergus Gill / 2020VISION / European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) collecting pollen and nectar from Scentless Mayweed (Tripleurospermum inodorum). Perthshire, Scotland, July.
Fergus Gill / 2020VISION / European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) collecting pollen and nectar from Scentless Mayweed (Tripleurospermum inodorum). Perthshire, Scotland, July. Did you know? A worker Honeybee will only produce a 12t...
Stephen Dalton / Indian Leaf Butterfly (Kalima paralekta) showing near-perfect leaf mimicry. India.
Stephen Dalton / Desert Locust (Schistocerca gregaria) flying, controlled conditions, scan from black and white print
Stephen Dalton / Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) worker bee flying to Cowslip (Primula veris) flowers. UK, April.
SINCLAIR STAMMERS / Predatory protozoa moving through cilliate action. The protozoan has consumed photosynthetic diatoms, visible within the cell. The predator disgorges some of its prey.
SINCLAIR STAMMERS / Microscope footage of photosynthetic diatoms moving by cilliate action.
Andy Sands / Long Water Measurer (Hydrometra stagnorum) drinking by piercing surface tension with mouthparts. Captive, UK, July.
Andy Sands / Robberfly (Machimus cingulatus) head close up showing large compound eyes. Captive, UK, July.
Andy Sands / Glow Worm (Lampyris noctiluca) female glowing after dark. Hertfordshire, England, UK, July.
Andy Sands / Glow Worm (Lampyris noctiluca) female glowing after dark. Hertfordshire, England, Uk, July.
Andy Sands / Digger Wasp (Cerceris arenaria) emerging from burrow where it stores insects, paralysed to feed the wasp's larvae. London, England, UK, July.
Andy Sands / Digger Wasp (Cerceris arenaria) carrying large weevil back to burrow, paralysed as food for larvae. London, England, UK, July.