When You’re Smiling

Orchesella villosa

No, this is not a bottle cleaner, but a tiny springtail called Orchesella villosa, which are part of our everday microfauna we don’t always see. Double click on the image to enlarge.

September 2017, discovered under an upturned stone, rear garden, Staffordshire, England.

19 thoughts on “When You’re Smiling

    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ I love them too, and I should search out more of them really. I used my macros lens with a Raynox convertor clipped on the end to get that little bit closer. Yet they are still quite a challenge, especially lying down in light rain hand-held πŸ™‚

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  1. I was going to comment about a handlebar moustache and then I saw that someone already had, so I agree!
    Recently in our woods I found a fat yellow caterpillar with a black stripe down its back and a line of black dots along the side. After searching online, I have determined that it is either a cimbex femoratus or cimbex connatus. Much of the info seemed to place them in the UK. This one must have taken a wrong turn…. Here is one site with a photo of it: http://macroid.ru/showphoto.php?photo=153759&cat=6389
    Have you ever seen one of these?

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