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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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The white blob is a shed skin.

I think shore-line is more accurate than marine.

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I know what you mean about shore but the specimens I have seen have been well into the tidal area and well below high water. Maybe they are just the one fluched out into the open.
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I know what you mean about shore but the specimens I have seen have been well into the tidal area and well below high water. Maybe they are just the one fluched out into the open.
Yes, they have been recorded some distance out but food would be an issue out there.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Here are some more collembola shots from the trip to the beach


Anurida maritima 3 by Alf Branch, on Flickr


Anurida maritima 4-54 by Alf Branch, on Flickr


Anurida maritima 5 by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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While I was out shooting at St Bees beach yesterday I spotted some springtails so I went back to shoot them . I have seen these before not had the righ kit to shoot them so I set in search of them today. Here are the first couple of shots I had time to process.
These are Anurida maritima which are marine collembola.


I think the white blob of the first shot is one shedding its skin.

What do you think?
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Monobella grassei A Springtail Which Cannot Jump

The springtails (Collembola) which live on plants, on the surface of soil, and in similar, exposed habitats, tend to have a well-developed springer, with which they can make spectacular leaps. Those which live where this is not very useful, such as in the soil, under rotting wood, and such like, have rudimentary springers or none at all.That is the general situation but is not so clear cut.

This species is one of the latter group. It lives in highly organic habitats, such as under rotting fallen branches. Mine are to be found on the undersides of rotting logs. The species is supposed to be common but my garden is the first place I have recognised it, in spite of collecting in many habitats and locations in the 1960s and 1970s.

This one is deep yellowish and up about 2mm long. One of the recognition features of the genus is the raised areas of coarsely-granulated dorsal skin, which show up as paler in these images. (Shown best towards the rear end in the fourth image).

I have taken a large number of such images of this species. That it constantly walks around on a very three-dimensional substrate makes it a very difficult subject. The images are not as good as I would like but the subject may be of interest. The last one shows that they tend to be gregarious.

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Isopoda...........(Yea?)

What is the singular of woodlice?

Woodlouse??

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Isopoda...........(Yea?)

What is the singular of woodlice?

Woodlouse??

Big Bu**er anyway..:-)
This woodlouse is probably the Common Woodlouse, Porcellio scaber.

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