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Boy, this rain annoys me: great photos show how microscopic insects cope with a downpour

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They say it’s an insect life, but a collection of new photos sheds new light on an insect’s secret life.

The images make them look more like aliens than insects.

Ondrej Pakan, from Myjava, Slovakia, captured the stunning array of microscopic photos insects after a rain shower.

The secret life of an insect: water drops make this bet look twice as big

The secret life of an insect: water drops make this bet look twice as big

Ondrej Pakan, from Slovakia, captured the images with a special lens Ondrej Pakan, from Slovakia, captured the images with a special lens

Ondrej Pakan, from Slovakia, captured the images with a special lens

Tiny droplets of water make the critters look very different—inflating them to a larger size once they’re covered in liquid.

In one striking photo, an ant appears to be straining under the heavy weight of water droplets descending on its body.

Another shows a huge wasp about to flee, doused in water.

While a blue-eyed beetle can be seen staring through the lens of Ondrej’s camera – covered in water droplets.

Is that a wasp: The water droplets make the body of the wasp almost twice as big Is that a wasp: The water droplets make the body of the wasp almost twice as big

Is that a wasp: The water droplets make the body of the wasp almost twice as big

An ant looks like it struggles to cope under the weight of the water An ant looks like it struggles to cope under the weight of the water

An ant looks like it struggles to cope under the weight of the water

The Slovakian photographer specializes in capturing the world’s microscopic insects seconds after a rain shower but also has to avoid the showers itself.

He said: ‘I get soaked waiting for the rain to pass, but it all seems worth it when you get really great shots of the insects with droplets on them.

This ladybug looks like it's carrying a huge visitor on its back, but it's just a drop of water This ladybug looks like it's carrying a huge visitor on its back, but it's just a drop of water

This ladybug looks like it’s carrying a huge visitor on its back, but it’s just a drop of water

The photos show the small details of the insects that are impossible to see with the naked eye The photos show the small details of the insects that are impossible to see with the naked eye

The photos show the small details of the insects that are impossible to see with the naked eye

“It’s a challenge not to get your equipment too wet in some of the more exotic locations.

“People seem to really appreciate the colors and the way the water magnifies the insects’ characteristics.”

Ondrej used his trusty Canon 40D with a special lens to capture the amazing photos.

The minute details of the tiny hairs on the insect's body are shown in contrast to the creature's bright colors The minute details of the tiny hairs on the insect's body are shown in contrast to the creature's bright colors

The minute details of the tiny hairs on the insect’s body are shown in contrast to the creature’s bright colors

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