As a general rule, human beings are all too often prone to dismissing from afar what can be inescapably fascinating up-close.
Take your average insect, for example. We don’t necessarily mean strictly the most exotic, vibrantly colored species, either. Seen with a naked eye from a typical vantage point, we don’t look upon a common house fly and think, “What a remarkably attractive bug you are.” We’re mostly looking for the nearest magazine we can roll up to transfer the six-legged pest to Jesus after a satisfying life feasting on God-only-knows what.
Just scope out these 12 incredible close-ups of otherwise “ordinary” bees, however. They are almost all so incredibly colorful, it’s clear Mother Nature was painting with one very fine brush when designing these miniature marvels.