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Beastie joys: Photographer's love of Scottish bug life

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Insect Image copyright Caroline Anderson
Image caption "Peek-a-boo." One of Caroline Anderson's subjects for her macro photography

When Scottish creepy crawlies make the news, it is usually because people are being menaced by plagues of biting midges or clegs.

But Scotland's bug life extends to a wide variety of colourful, and even cute, creatures.

Moth Image copyright Caroline Anderson
Image caption Caroline believes moths get a "bad press" but are in fact an interesting type of insect
Moth Image copyright Caroline Anderson
Image caption Another of the macro photographer's moths

Caroline Anderson, who works for Scottish Natural Heritage and is based in Lochgilphead, Argyll, is passionate about insects and has a keen interest in macro photography - taking extremely close-up images.

Her Instagram account is filled with pictures of moths, butterflies, dragon and damsel flies, beetles and caterpillars.

Moth Image copyright Caroline Anderson
Image caption An elephant moth photographed at Taynish National Nature Reserve
Caterpillar Image copyright Caroline Anderson
Image caption Caterpillars are also the subject of Caroline's photography
Insects Image copyright Caroline Anderson

Some of her most recent images are of moths caught, before later being released, in moth traps set up at Taynish National Nature Reserve.

Caroline says moths usually get a "bad press", but are in fact a richly diverse and colourful family of insects.

Insect Image copyright Caroline Anderson
Image caption Scotland's bug life is more than just bloodsucking midges and clegs
Insects Image copyright Caroline Anderson
Moth Image copyright Caroline Anderson
Image caption Ready for take off?

All images courtesy of Caroline Anderson.


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