Amazing Macro Photos and Videos of Insects in Mini-Forest

bees covered in pollen

Boris Godfroid first began shooting on his 16th birthday with a small compact camera. Since then, he has purchased a Nikon D700 and has went on to shoot amazing macro photographs and now, videos thanks to his final project in film school.

Normally, when one shoots outdoor images, you have to be, well, outdoors. Not necessarily, as far as one third-year film student named Boris Godfroid is concerned. One need not be in the great outdoors to shoot wildlife, demonstrates the young Belgian.

praying mantis

spider eating caterpillar

To create thrilling nature documentaries you don’t have to go and brave the wilderness and all her inherent dangers and risks, just because one is in pursuit of scenic outdoor images. Godfroid has the answer for all you nature shutterbug trippers who aren’t too big on roughing it up in the wild.


pollen bee

Here’s how: You’ll need a few hundred pounds of bricks, a lot of moss and other easy-to-nurture plant life. What you will end up with is a miniature jungle but with much better lighting.

indoor moss

Using this manmade, indoor set, Godfroid was able to create a convincing forest bed that obviously was good enough for even the little creatures he photographed. The young filmmaker shot and produced a striking short film that depicts snails and insects going about their environment in what looks like a patch of mossy, dewy ground.

Watch it here to see for yourself,

That’s the “behind-the-scenes” story of Life on Moss, a remarkable four-minute short film of snails and other insects making their way through a simulated environment. The project was shot with the help of a couple of lights, and it makes quite a clean, convincing visual illusion of being shot on location, really outdoors.

snail crawling

In addition to Life on Moss, Godfroid also has some stellar macro photos of bees covered in pollen, a crab spider attacking a caterpillar, and a ladybug clinging onto the edge of a flower petal. “All photos are taken from live insects in their natural habitat with natural colors,” he tells Dailymail. “The distance between my camera and the subject is about three centimeters, so you have to be very careful approaching the insects.”

ladybug on flower petal


Visit Godfroid’s website to see his impressive portfolio.

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.