N Carolina, US-A photographer has captured the astonishing details on small creatures' faces - by spending hours hovering over them and taking extreme close-up photographs.

Colin Hutton, 29, has created stunning portraits of the world's most overlooked animals including spiders, wasps, bees, common flies, and beetles.

He only pictures the animals alive and can spend up to three hours painstakingly trying to keep the insects still while he zooms in on his camera. The images are made using a powerful macro lens and can be incredibly hard to achieve because of the quick movements of the creatures.

Colin, from North Carolina in the U.S, scours local parks to find the insects but will travel over 600 miles to his parent's house in Florida to capture more unusual bugs. His favourite subjects are jumping spiders and he is even considering a trip to Australia to find the Peacock spider, due to their colourful abdomens.

One such jumping spider capture by Hutton is the Phidippus mystaceus spider.

It is found in North America and females grow the largest, reaching around one centimetre in body length. Females also have the most pronounced 'moustache', found below the eyes, and in fact the name of the species means Jumping Moustache.

Colin, who has just finished a degree in environmental science, said: 'I originally planned to focus on reptiles and amphibians but I soon realised how many insects are out there.

'I try to capture the insects out in the field but sometimes I bring them home so I can photograph them there with lighting.

'Taking the photograph itself doesn't take too long but it can be difficult when they are moving around as it becomes very sensitive when you are zoomed in so much.

'Sometimes I can spend a couple of hours trying to get the perfect shot and it can be quite difficult.

'The small varieties of the jumping spider are very active so often I look through the lens and I have to find it as it moves around.

'After working with them for so long I now know what to expect and how to handle them.

'I try to photography any insect I can and I often travel to Florida to see my parents but take my camera and focus on the insects they have over there.

'I went on a trip to Colombia and took my camera and one day I would love to travel to Australia and take a photograph of the Peacock jumping spider they have there.'

The name of the Chalcid wasp, photographed by Hutton in northern America, comes from the Greek for 'copper' because of their metallic colour.