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2020 Luminar bug photographer of the year – winners

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The winners have been announced in the Luminar bug photography awards 2020 in association with Europe’s leading invertebrate charity, Buglife.


In their inaugural year, the Luminar bug photography awards have attracted an astonishing variety and quality of work from around the world. More than 800 photographers made submissions


Mofeed Abu Shalwa won Luminar bug photographer of the year. This photograph is of a red palm weevil



A flower crab spider, shot in Saudi Arabia by Mofeed Abu Shalwa. The flower crab spider can alter the colour of its body to blend in with its surroundings


The Luminar young bug photographer of the year 2020 winner: a carder bee, shot by Jamie Spensley


Aquatic bugs category winner: a diamond squid by Galice Hoarau, shot in Siladen, Indonesia, during a night-time dive. After sunset, pelagic predators like the diamond squid come close to the surface to hunt


Aquatic bugs category 2nd place: a larval wonderpus octopus by Galice Hoarau, taken in Lembeh, Indonesia. Aptly, its scientific name is Wunderpus photogenicus


Bug homes category winner: Home Sweet Home by Lee Frost. It shows a mining bee and a Willughby’s leaf-cutter bee emerging from a bee hotel.


Arachnids category winner: Microspur by Lung-Tsai Wang. This shot of a lynx spider (Oxyopidae) with its young was taken in the mountains of Taiwan. Lung-Tsai says: ‘The small oxyopidaes were climbing out, followed by two days of cannibalism, and the last one to survive is the king. It was quite a spectacle!’


Arachnids category 3rd place: dancing spider by Raed Ammari. Male jumping spiders (in this case a Phidippus insignarius) perform a courtship dance in which they almost form a heart shape with their legs. This one was shot in Colorado


 Beetles category winner: 3 … 2 … 1 ... Takeoff!, by Christian Brockes. An acorn weevil (Curculio         glandium) takes flight
Photograph: Christian Brockes/2020 Luminar Bug Photographer of the Year


Beetles category 2nd place: A stag beetle behind a leaf by Martijn Nugteren


Flies, bees, wasps and dragonflies category winner: Three Mayfly on Crested Dogstail by Peter Orr was shot on the River Kennet near Kintbury, in the UK


Butterflies and moths category winner: Swallowtail by Sara Jazbar. A swallowtail butterfly, newly hatched from the chrysalis and waiting for its wings to dry before its first flight


All the other bugs category winner: Tug of War by Reynante Martinez. This dramatic shot shows two weaver ants pulling apart a smaller species


Snails and slugs category winner: Snail by David Lain. A classic portrait of a garden snail, plucked from his garden rockery, UK


Extreme close-up winner: Potter Wasp by Riyad Hamzi in Saudi Arabia





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