By Shannon Lane @Shannonroselane

IT'S easy to disregard a dead fly, and sweep it into the bin. However one photographer’s macro images enlighten us to the extraordinary unseen faces of these, and many other, insects

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This grass spider's eight eyes are easy to count when its this zoomed in

Photographer Brice Nihiser, from Ohio said: “I won’t say I used to be scared of arthropods, but they were something that I liked to view at a distance. I now see them as small friends, something that there’s no reason to be afraid of.

A fly's eye consists of an array of numerous small visual units, called a compound eye

"With insects and spiders, there’s always something that you can research. For instance, one day you may be looking at how a compound eye works, and then the next day learning about halteres on flies, and what they’re used for.”

The macro lens captures this tiger beetle's bright blue exoskeleton

Most of Brice’s subjects are already dead, however he occasionally photographs live insects. This requires a large amount of patience, as well as species knowledge on how to approach the creature.

Even a basic housefly appears fascinating when under a macro lens

He said: “Being able to move slow, manipulate your camera and not scare a subject takes a lot of time and practice. Different arthropods react differently to things like light, vibration and sound, so knowing what each one is sensitive to takes time to learn."

A horsefly's blade-like mouthparts appear even larger when this zoomed in

Perhaps the most fascinating aspect is the technicalities behind Brice’s macro photographs. He occasionally uses a method referred to as ‘stacking’, where numerous macro photographs are layered to create the final image.

A remarkable amount of detail is captured in this wasps' face

Brice said: “Images are stacked because of the physical limitations of the lens and camera you are using. The natural depth of field of the objective is extremely thin, maybe only a millimetre.

“So one single photo will have only one millimetre ‘slice’ of your subject. By stacking images you take all of the in-focus slices to form one big photo that is in focus.”

Photographer Brice Nihiser didn't notice the tiny red mites on this bird till after he took the image

These zoomed-in images show us a tiny world we’ve never seen before, and even photographer Brice was shocked by what his camera lens discovered.

He said: “There’s one specific photo I have where I was taking a photo of a bird’s eye. It wasn’t until I got home that I noticed that all around the bird’s eye were some red flecks.

“Upon further investigation the flecks had legs! I had inadvertently gotten a photo of not only the bird’s eye, but also some bird mites."