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Bizarre, beautiful insect images made from 8,000 photos

What's bugging you? A British photographer painstakingly photographs every section of a specimen's body separately, then combines them for one amazing image.

If you're squicked out by bugs in their natural, tiny size, don't plan to see "Microsculpture," a new photography exhibit coming to England's Oxford Museum of Natural History on May 27.

But if you've got a sense for amazing, artistic photography, start thinking about a visit. British photographer Levon Biss attached a microscope lens to his camera and zoomed in on each body part of the insects, which were borrowed from the museum's collection.

Think you've seen an insect close up? Biss got closer to these teeny guys than their own mothers.

"I will light and shoot just one antenna, then I will move on to the eye and the lighting setup will change entirely to suit the texture and contours of that part of the body," Biss said in a statement. He then painstakingly puts the best images together in one photograph using Photoshop. "Most of my final images are made up of between 8,000 and 10,000 images," he said. Each image takes between two and three weeks of work.

Twenty-four of the final images will appear in the exhibit, and they're displayed bigger than even the bugs in your worst nightmares. A 10-millimeter insect is shown as a 3-meter (9.8-foot) print, with the real bug on view right along with it.

Can't make it to Oxford? You can see some of them in our gallery and zoom into them further online. Hollywood B-movie directors wish they'd had these monsters on set.