We’ve explored the world of snails, now it’s time to take to the skies on papery wings with another tiny denizen of the macro photography world: the butterfly.

Feather-light and elaborately decorated, butterflies are some of the most beautiful creatures on our planet, and photographers have been capturing this beauty in beautiful bokeh-filled glory since 500px first launched more than half a decade ago.

Below are 50 of the most stunning images you’ve captured over the past almost 6 years… may your shutter finger never stop itching:

To see more of the beautiful butterfly photography on 500px, click here. And if this collection inspired you to visit other macro worlds, visit our gallery of magical snail photographs… as Timon and Pumbaa would say: it’s slimy, but satisfying.