The Very Damp Caterpiller
Miroslaw Swietek captures stunning macro images of insects and other creepy-crawlies covered in dew. He takes his photos early in the morning in the forest near his village in Jaroszow, Poland. At that hour, insects and other bugs are still in a state of torpor and aren't disturbed by the camera, Swietek told LiveScience. [Read a Q&A with Swietek]
An dew-covered insect perches on a plant.
Droplets of dew magnify the lenses in a dragonfly's compound eye.
This wispy fellow stayed mostly dry perching on a dew-moistened flower.
Jewel of a Beetle
A beetle's jewel-like hues are enhanced by a smattering of diamond-like droplets.
This dragonfly appears to be wearing a fairy crown of dew.
Fly at Rest
A decorated fly rests.
Droplets decorate a fly's head and red bulbous eyes. [See amazing images of the cutest bugs]
A dew-covered dragonfly on a dew-covered leaf.
Not all of Swietek's photos are of dew-covered insects; he captures amazing close-ups of dry bugs as well.
Tiny Bug Face
A photograph by Swietek highlights the strangeness of an insect's head and compound eyes.
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Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science, covering topics ranging from geoscience to archaeology to the human brain and behavior. She was previously a senior writer for Live Science but is now a freelancer based in Denver, Colorado, and regularly contributes to Scientific American and The Monitor, the monthly magazine of the American Psychological Association. Stephanie received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.