A creepy crawler fan has created startling – and slightly creepy – close-up portraits of bugs.

Joshua Coogler’s most recent work shows him focusing his lens on macro shots of ants found in his North Carolina backyard.

The 22-year-old has also captured a fascinating collection of other tiny creatures, from a green weevil to a ghoul.

Joshua explains: “I have been doing photography for over seven years, with one of my favorite genres being macro.

“I was always taking pictures of bugs that came out and trying to learn more about them, started using my sister’s old iPod Touch to capture them.

“Over the years, I have become more and more interested in photographing smaller bugs, such as these ant portraits.

(Joshua Coogler / SWNS)

(Joshua Coogler / SWNS)

“I love looking at the final image and seeing all the intricate details obscured from view by just glancing at them. They are much more interesting than most people imagine.

“The pictures of the ants were taken on July 6. These were all collected from outside in my yard in North Carolina and brought into my shooting area.

(Green weevil)

(Joshua Coogler / SWNS)

“These are all carpenter ants, most likely camponotus pennsylvanicus. The orange ant is a type of field ant, most likely a member of the genus Formica.

“I have a macro photography area in my room that I use to photograph small insects and other bugs.

(Joshua Coogler / SWNS)

(Joshua Coogler / SWNS)

“I used a Nikon D7500 and Laowa 25mm for these images, with my camera connected to the Wemacro Rail.

“The macro rail moves my camera in very small steps and then rests after each step for a few seconds before taking a picture.

(Joshua Coogler / SWNS)

Neomida bicornis, a species of beetle

(Joshua Coogler / SWNS)

“For these photos, anywhere from 20-60 photos are taken, which are then combined to form the final image.

“Using a technique known as “focus stacking”, an entire portrait can be created because with one frame, only a thin slice is in focus.

“Combining them all allows the whole photo to come out clear and in focus.”

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