Check Out These Spectacular Macro Insect Photos of Yousef Al Habshi’s “Little Monsters”

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Yousef Al Habshi is an award-winning photographer based in Abu Dabi. He specializes in macro photography, and the spectacular images of insects you see here are part of his Little Monsters project.

Al Habshi says the inspiration for the project was the result of a chance encounter with biologist Professor Claude Despian from New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). The initial meeting led to a collaboration between the two which resulted in the Little Monsters Exhibition at NYUAD.

Al Habshi’s images represent a wide variety of insects found in the United Arab Emirates, including some rare specimens with very unique eye patterns. The collaboration between Al Habshi and Despian also led to publication in several scientific journals.

National Geographic Al Arabiya devoted 14 pages to Al Habshi’s work, and they used his images as the primary content for their 2016 calendar. His images have also been published in magazines worldwide.


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You can see more of Al Habshi’s amazing work on his website and Instagram page.