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A Harvestman via Two Lenses

I found this individual on a wrist-thick rotting branch in my pile of fungus and slime mould dedicated wood. Most species would have jumped off fairly soon afterwards but this one stayed on board, immobile while I walked (about 1 minute) to the table I use as an outdoor "studio". The sky was blue but the colour shown here is of a purple-blue, glazed urn in the background.

I used sunlight for the exposures. The lens for the low magnification was my usual Olympus 4/3 50mm macro, 1/60 at f11 and ISO 320 .

The high magnification was via the Laowa at x2.5 and f5.6 or f8 and 1/160 second, ISO 800.

The stereos are crosseye (frames uncropped). The 3D effect in the second one is weak.

The harvestman had some detritus clinging to its mouthparts. It was unusual in having all its 8 legs.

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Fabulous - is that a single eye on its head or something else? I understood that harvestman, a type of arachnid not directly related to spiders, normally have just two eyes.

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Fabulous - is that a single eye on its head or something else? I understood that harvestman, a type of arachnid not directly related to spiders, normally have just two eyes.

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They have two eyes, back to back, each facing sideways.

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