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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
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Monday, 6 April 2015

HOW MANY SPOTS? (06/04/15)

_V0G7899    Millipedes have four legs per segment and Centipedes have two this is not a four spot ladybird but a seven spot one as three spots are hidden from view. What I have never realised is that they can retract their heads like a tortoise. They only have one head, though this one has two as it is sitting on a mirror.

_V0G7902        Here it is again with it’s head and legs extended as it wanders along.

I went out looking for a beetle but found a Centipede. I hope it is Lithobius forficatus. I got this from reading Phil’s blog. He did it proud as he managed to capture a whole one. CENTIPEDE ON WHITE. It looks much better but then Phil is a proper naturalist.

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_V0G7905    I prefer these to Millipedes as they seem more interesting. When I first pop them down I have to wait to see which direction they head off as they look very similar front and back. This is the head end.

I think I have about exhausted this mirror business so unless I find something new and exciting I’ll leave it alone for a while.

I hope you all enjoyed Easter. It has been baking hot here with hardly a cloud in the sky.

26 comments:

  1. It has been a 1st class day here too, lovely 7 spot.

    peter

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    1. Yes Peter the first of the year.

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  2. gives additional meaning to the expression 'butt head'

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    1. R.Mac, they remind me of Dr. Doolittle's Push-me-Pull-you. I'll try and get a picture with all of one in.

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  3. Fascinating pictures as usual. Lovely summery East Monday in Sheffield too. Shirt sleeves weather as if winter just went away for good. As if!

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    1. YP, let us hope that this isn't summer.

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  4. Bugs are so scary but your pictures are wow! Hope you are well Adrian!!

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    1. Ruby, they are beautiful. There are the odd nasty ones but most are fine. Good to hear from you.

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  5. I love the dimples on the black section of head on the ladybird. Have you considered putting the mirror within a box to prevent dust etc?

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    1. Douglas, some is dust and some is faults in the mirror surface as the mirrors are rejects. I have the mirror surrounded on three sides to cut down reflections. I will try some anti-static spray.

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  6. Pretty ladybird and lovely to see so much detail.

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    1. Pauline, I like looking at them, they are amazing close up.

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  7. Baking hot sounds like it would be welcome, but if the humidity is high then it would be uncomfortable.Your study using the mirror has given us a very different look at the critters.

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    1. Red, it's colder today but it has been a wonderful weekend.

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  8. I'm pleased someone had decent Easter weather. Cold, cloudy and sometimes misty here. Didn't start warming up until tea time yesterday.

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    1. John, it is not often that Scotland gets the best of the weather.

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  9. Now that I've seen that sinister face, I'll never feel quite the same about ladybirds. Sigh.

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    1. Frances it has a nice moustache. Ladybirds can give a nasty nip if annoyed.

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  10. Impressive, but I have to confess to finding them looking rather gruesome, enlarged like that...

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    1. Monica, I enjoy them but they do have some pretty gruesome habits.

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  11. Mirror and a macro, nothing like it.

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    1. Bob, they could have done with a bit more cleaning up but I didn't have time.

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  12. Genial Adrian, nunca ví una mariquita que bien!!
    Estupendo macro.
    Nos vamos de vacaciones.Volveré ;))
    Un abrazo

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    1. Laura, que es precioso visto cerca. Tienen una buena vacaciones y tratar de no chocar el coche de este año.

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