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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

This is a series of small spiders all under 3mm across and they were tough to spot


Small spider 4 by Alf Branch, on Flickr


Notice dinner slipping by in the background Sminthurinus niger


Small spider 3 by Alf Branch, on Flickr


Small spider 2 by Alf Branch, on Flickr


Small spider 1 by Alf Branch, on Flickr


Finally a fly I struggled with


Small fly by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Hi Alf

Just catching up. You have been busy! I do admire the results of your approach. It is another world and full of drama and stories.

The transparent spiders are very nice subjects, I can imagine how fast they move as they look to be moving and just caught in a moments pause.

Following your lead I have been trying to get closer and have been trying so far with red spider mites, which are all over the Ivy. But which also move and everything else also moves with the wind. So I believe patience and practice will be essential. I did get the flash working, but need to create more diffusion.

I checked out my own bins, but I so far have not been seeing the springtails. But I have some rotting woodpiles to work at.

It has caused me to take a look at my equipment in the light of my eyesight (which is excellent at anything over 2 yards but increasingly poor as it gets closer). I find the constant glasses on and off routine a pain.

If I get anything worth posting I will be looking for feedback. In the meantime keep your coming. I am sure you are inspiring many others as well as me .
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Wonderful insights into, to most, an invisible world, Alf.
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Hi Alf

Just catching up. You have been busy! I do admire the results of your approach. It is another world and full of drama and stories.

The transparent spiders are very nice subjects, I can imagine how fast they move as they look to be moving and just caught in a moments pause.

Following your lead I have been trying to get closer and have been trying so far with red spider mites, which are all over the Ivy. But which also move and everything else also moves with the wind. So I believe patience and practice will be essential. I did get the flash working, but need to create more diffusion.

I checked out my own bins, but I so far have not been seeing the springtails. But I have some rotting woodpiles to work at.

It has caused me to take a look at my equipment in the light of my eyesight (which is excellent at anything over 2 yards but increasingly poor as it gets closer). I find the constant glasses on and off routine a pain.

If I get anything worth posting I will be looking for feedback. In the meantime keep your coming. I am sure you are inspiring many others as well as me .
The spiders were trying to avoid detection by not moving and nearly suceeded as movement is what is easiest to spot.

the springtails shown graze on moss on the bin on damp days so unlike many insects or spiders who are out sunning themselves springtails are found on damp days. The thin moss layers on my bin have funny patterns in them as they are grazed. sprintails are again often found through movement but they very small.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

more superb macro work Alf, great examples of what can be achieved if you have mastered both the subject and system
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Here are a few sprintails together in one spot this floating mass was found on a water filled flower pot in the garden

Springtail island by Alf Branch, on Flickr

Another individual on the fence

Entomobrya albocincta 2 by Alf Branch, on Flickr

A barkfly on the bin

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Here is another

Springtail boating by Alf Branch, on Flickr

Edit and another

Springtail Xenylla sp by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

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The island is fantastic, such a collection. I am reminded of the Domestos TV advert.

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The island is fantastic, such a collection. I am reminded of the Domestos TV advert.

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The boating Springtail is a bit special as well.
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The island is fantastic, such a collection. I am reminded of the Domestos TV advert.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Alf,

Nice work!

I suspect that the spiders are immature.

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Nice work!

I suspect that the spiders are immature.

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Yeah I suspect the spiders are immature too.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Hi there Alf!

Some fantastic images there - my favourite is the boating springtail - a really great spot!

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Hi everyone!

I went out into the garden to have a look around and see what I could see. Nothing much was out to play - in fact at first sight I thought there was nothing there, but with a little bit of searching I found these:-

1. A little green Aphid on some Berberis (about 2mm long)

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2. A tiny fly also hiding in the Berberis (about 3mm long)


3. A tiny Beetle (I think) on the back gate (about 2mm long)


All are quite heavy crops, and all are taken on the E-30 with the 50mm Macro lens, EX-25 and olympus twin flash kit (with diffusers fitted.)

Thanks for looking,

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