Close-Up Nature Photos That Are Surprisingly Beautiful

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Close-Up Nature Photos That Are Surprisingly Beautiful

Not everything is what it seems…even when you look at something really, really close up. The world can be a terrible and ugly place, with giant wasps existing and whatnot. But even giant wasps are almost kind of cute when you look at them with extreme magnification, in the right light. The most horrific naturally occurring creatures are somewhat redeemable, given the right perspective. (Or, in a glass-half-empty kind of way, even the most horrifying monsters can trick you into thinking they’re not so bad.) Even though it’s dangerous and scary, nature also defines beauty. 

Except for cockroaches. Cockroaches will never be beautiful. 

Here are 12 insects and plants that are deceptively beautiful when magnified. See if you can guess what the photo is depicting without reading the title. This will involve holding up a paper to the screen and scrolling v slowly… you know what? Don’t bother. Just read the whole friggin’ image.

Giant Wasp

CRACKED GIANT WASP From afar it's terrifying, but, up close, the giant wasp could give Baby Yoda a run for its money.

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Butterfly

CRACKED BUTTERFLY Even under extreme magnification, butterflies are beautiful. Ugh, some bugs have all the luck.

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Seahorse

CRACKED SEAHORSE This photograph makes us wonder if seahorses are more noble than their four-legged land counterpart.

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Green Jewel Beetle

CRACKED BEETLE Is that a cool mood ring? An acid trip? No, it's the green jewel beetle.

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Coral

CRACKED CORAL This close-up looks more like your grandma's doily than white coral.

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Soldier Fly

CRACKED SOLDIER FLY I regret every fly I've ever squashed. She's beautiful.

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Solitary Bee

CRACKED SOLITARY BEE If you try to hug this seemingly cuddly creature, you might get stung.

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Jumping Spider

CRACKED JUMPING SPIDER With magnification, this li'l guy looks like he should star in the next spin-off of Monsters, Inc.

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Dandelioin

CRACKED DANDELION This shot of water on a dandelion seed looks more like a glorious peacock than a weed.

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Sunset Moth

CRACKED SUNSET MOTH These moths aren't worried about a close-up because they're still beautiful under a microscope.

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Waterthymes

CRACKED WATERTHYMES The plant's cells under a microscope look like detailed wallpaper in the club during a trip.

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Dragonfly

CRACKED DRAGONFLY This close-up of a dragonfly shows its surprisingly cheery and, dare we say, cute face.

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