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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.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Monday, 6 June 2016

THE FIRST SUNDAY OF SUMMER. (05/06/16)

It’s been a  beautiful day. Last night the mower came back in and the deck was covered in all manner of insects. I spent a half hour watching them and decided I would get a handful in the morning. When I went back they had all gone so I was a little put out. I then spent a fruitless half hour trying to get a snap of Frog Hoppers, it’s almost impossible as before I can get them in focus they hop.
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I thought this was a Caddis Fly but it isn’t it’s a proper micro moth. A Nettle Tap Moth; Caddis flies are half moth, half fly. This has scales on it’s wings so is a moth. It gave me an idea. I went down to the burn with a piece of card, camera and a jam jar. It is very difficult to get pictures of live things that live in water. These are my best efforts.
Caddis Fly Lava.
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This is an earlier or later version of the lava, It has made it’s house out of bits of stone and is sitting on a piece of card, it measures about 5mm long. It looks more like a pupa. I will have to read up on the life cycle when I get some half decent internet.
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This is one poking it’s head out of it’s house. The house seemed to be made of bits of grass and stones. It takes a while to get them tame enough to come out for a look round but is worth the wait.
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I don’t know what this is. It has a long tail made up of three bits. It could be a Caddis fly as not all of them build houses. I tried popping these on the card but they die almost straight away so I will just have to put up with the reflection from the water. Whilst I was holding the bit of rock with it on I noticed this little thing.

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An aquatic beetle of some sort admiring my thumb. I am going for a Crawling Water Beetle but which one I’m not sure, Its 3mm/4mm long. There is a tiny worm just below it.
That's all for today, have a good week. I’ll be back down to the burn for another splash about.

18 comments:

  1. A brilliant set of macro shots Adrian.

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    1. John, I will have to try a polariser but then I can't see what I'm doing.

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  2. You are the bug man for sure. Good work.

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    1. John, I like looking at them and it cuts down on the walking.

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  3. Wow. I enjoyed His post tremendously which is incredible for me.

    In another life, I was a science teacher. Any time I taught a unit on arthropods, I had nightmares, waking, kicking them off and shouting, probably obsenities. These pictures are the stuff of nightmares for me but they are incredible. I look forward to more though not in my dreams.

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    1. Marie, I love looking at them and the best bit is very few bite.

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  4. I am greatly enjoying your blog, Adrian. Wonderful photographs of the wee creepy crawlies (and flying things).

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    1. Michael, it is good to hear. I find them such intricate things.

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  5. Close up they look like monsters Adrian

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    1. Margaret, I think it is humans who are monstrous. These are harmless.

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  6. you have done very well, great macro work.


    peter

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    1. Peter, there is always room for improvement.

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  7. I've been a bit lazy of late I'm sorry to say, pure exhaustion on my part, so I've had to play catch up on your posts. You're getting some incredible macro of late, normally I get a notification when you post on YouTube have I missed this video of yours?

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    1. Douglas, no I can't get a video worth posting. I keep trying but it really needs a studio set up.

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  8. I'm sort of glad I don't notice ugly wee things like that when I splash about. I'm quite happy to sit back and look at your photos of them.

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    1. Pauline it makes one think what you have been swimming with.

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  9. I think my macro is going to concentrate on more attractive insects!

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