These photos are works of art — and the artists are bugs

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A photographer’s innovative technique reveals the flight paths of insects in exquisitely alluring ways.

Broad-headed sharpshooter – Oncometopia orbona. Filmed at 6,000 frames per second. October 2021, Raleigh NC.Broad-headed sharpshooter — Oncometopia orbona — filmed at 6,000 frames per second. October 2021, Raleigh NC. Photo: Xavi Bou.

By Annie Roth

Movements of flying insects make them tough to track, but technological advances and some creative thinking have allowed Spanish photographer Xavi Bou to do just that. After spending 10 years concentrating on birds in flight for his Ornithographies project, he shifted his focus to bugs.

For Entomographies, he uses high-speed video footage taken by Adrian Smith, an entomologist at [the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and] North Carolina State University, to decode and document insect trajectories. Then Bou selects multiple frames and merges them into single images that convey the rapid motions through space and time of one or more animals.

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