UK-based needlework artist Humayrah Bint Altaf doesn’t do typical embroidery projects. Intricate patterns and flowery flourishes don’t dominate her work; bugs do. The expert in needlework, as Vice recently highlighted, makes amazing embroidered images of beetles, butterflies, and other natural wonders.

The three-dimensional images require intense dedication to get every bead and stitch just right, and they often have to be begun anew at some point in the process. Her images of insects shine with metallic stitches that reflect the light just like a real beetle might. Here are a few of her amazing creations from Instagram.

[h/t Vice]