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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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Sunday, 5 April 2015

INSECTS ON A MIRROR. (05/04/15)

I haven’t been taking many pictures during the last few days. On Friday I left Foyers and braved the A9 down to Kinross.

This morning I got the mirror out and went looking under logs for insects. I then had to try and make them behave long enough for a photograph.

_V0G7876    Things started off much better than I could have expected. This Millipede is doing what millipedes do best and rolling up into a ball.

_V0G7877   It became more confident and was soon running about.

_V0G7887 It didn’t take it long to reach the edge of the mirror in a bid to escape.

_V0G7888 Here you can see it has four legs per segment. I noticed that it doesn’t use all it’s legs all the time, it seems to rest a few whilst running on the others. These were shot at twice life size and tested my patience. It’s amazing how fast they move. I released it back under a log and continued entertaining myself with this spider.

_V0G7890 Garden Spider, Araneus diadematus. If I thought the millipede was fast it’s a good job I didn’t start with this…….like Road Runner it was.

_V0G7893   It did stay still crouched down for a while whilst it admired itself.

_V0G7897 I spent a good half hour trying to get it to pose face on but I don’t think it could understand my English accent. I have released it back into the greenhouse where it can do some good by eating an aphid or two.

I quite like the front surfaced mirror but I suspect the insects are less impressed.

18 comments:

  1. Whoa, now I've got the willies! Great shots, though.
    Happy Easter!

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    1. Terri, they aren't nasty insects.

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  2. Hmm. And a happy Easter to you, too, Adrian! I know you're not into God, but millipedes...?

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    1. Frances, I had forgotten it was Easter. Spiders and Millipedes like Easter but don't like chocolate.

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  3. On the mirror these look amazing Adrian. As a viewer it gives me another angle to look at in close detail. The crouching spider is my favourite.

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    1. Douglas, front surfced mirrors are interesting. These are from Autocue projectors and are rejects as they have blemishes.

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  4. Now only you could design a situation where you use a mirror to take photos of insects under a log. You've got a very nice set of photos.

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    1. Red, I got the insects out from under the log first.

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  5. Quite a study!



    ALOHA from Honolulu,
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

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  6. These are amazing shots Adrian.Wonderful to see themclose up as well as ifrom 2 different directions although I could only see they had 2 legs per segment.

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    1. Margaret, they have legs on both left and right sides. I could only show one side so you are correct.

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  7. Wow, great shots. You can slow insects down by sticking them in the fridge for 10 minutes. A trick I learnt from an entomologist.

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    1. Kate, they are a challenge. I do pop them in the fridge but they warm up very quickly. I have tried keeping them in the dark but then I can't see to focus. It keeps me amused and I do enjoy looking at them at my leisure.

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  8. A millipede doing an impression of an ammonite!
    A great way of seeing the underneath of mini beasts as well as the usual view.

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    1. John,some work better than others.

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