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Insect photo competition won by image of resting cuckoo bees

Luke Chambers  Two cuckoo bees resting on a blade of grassLuke Chambers

Sleeping cuckoos, by Yorkshire-based Luke Chambers, has won this year’s Royal Entomological Society Insect Week photography competition.

Chambers’ photo shows two cuckoo bees resting on a blade of grass.

“Finding any sleeping invertebrate is always brilliant – but two so close together, well that’s like winning the photography lottery,” he said.

Tim Jonas Caddisfly larvae Tim Jonas

Tim Jonas’s picture of caddis-fly larvae came second.

Head judge, broadcaster, photographer and Falmouth University senior lecturer Dr Tim Cockerill said: “Insects are the most diverse group of animals on the planet yet we know so little about most of them.

“Photography like this provides a window into the astonishing complexity and beauty of the insect world.

“At a time when insects face huge threats, I hope this collection of stunning images helps to showcase just how important – and beautiful – they really are.”

Gustav Parenmark Banded demoiselle damselflyGustav Parenmark

Swedish photographer Gustav Parenmark, 17, won the under-18 category, with this picture of a banded demoiselle damselfly at rest.

“Waking up early is the key to photographing sleeping odonates,” he said.

“This species of damselfly is usually very skittish – but I went out at 04:00 to capture them inactive, making them easier to photograph.”

Jamie Smart Robber flyJamie Smart

Jamie Smart’s picture of a robber fly came second.

“I was up early one morning and decided to have a wander around our wild garden with my camera, when I saw this fly on grass,” the eight-year-old said.

“I didn’t realise until looking on the computer that he was actually eating another fly.”

Abi Batten A wasp in front of a tea cupAbi Batten

Abi Batten gave her specially commended picture – taken using a smartphone – the title “A wasp joined us for tea”.

Nikita Richardson A cluster of brightly coloured cotton harlequin bugsNikita Richardson

Nikita Richardson’s Nature’s Jewels, of cotton harlequin bugs, was specially commended in the behaviour category.

Thomas Roberts Orange-tip butterflyThomas Roberts

An Orange-tip butterfly, by Thomas Roberts, caught the judges’ attention in the environment category.

Leela Channer Glanville Fritillary butterfly in cornflowersLeela Channer

Leela Channer’s picture of a Glanville fritillary butterfly was also commended.

Panagiotis Dalagiorgos European mantisPanagiotis Dalagiorgos

Panagiotis Dalagiorgos’s photograph of a European mantis was commended in the portrait category.

Robin Backhouse A picasso bug against a yellow backgroundRobin Backhouse

Robin Backhouse photographed this brightly coloured Picasso bug.

Pete Burford A damselflyPete Burford

Pete Burford’s picture is titled Look into my Eyes.

All photographs courtesy Royal Entomological Society.

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