The Mask of Zorro

Blunt-tailed Snake Millipede (Cylindroiulus punctatus)

This is very small juvenile millipede Cylindroiulus sp. which I discovered under a plant pot in the backyard.

Blunt-tailed Snake Millipede (Cylindroiulus punctatus)

They can grow up to 25mm long, but this one is barely visible to the naked eye. It has a fairly distinctive dark mask across its eyes and a pale tail end.

Blunt-tailed Snake Millipede (Cylindroiulus punctatus)

Blunt-tailed Snake Millipede (Cylindroiulus punctatus)

Common throughout Britain, it feeds on dead leaves and other plant detritus. A woodland species, but also found in gardens.

Click and click again on the image to get that little bit closer …

Of note, I have been experimenting with a homemade flash difffuser which fits on the end of my lens with a ring adapter, rather than fitted over the diffuser itself. I have been fairly pleased with the results, and in this series of images the highlights would normally have been blown to a pure harsh white, but they are a soft glow with the diffuser, which, believe it or not, is made out of an A4 plastic zip folder with a piece of thin card placed inside, cut and fixed around the lens.

June 2019, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. Β© Pete Hillman.

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  1. You seem to have a lot of interesting small creature to find close to where you live. I guess we all have but don’t notice them, unfortunately. I have to search among our plants and pots at our small terrace πŸ˜€ These tiny millipedes might think they are a type of camelont in view of the colors on the ground. 😁 Stunning macro images as always and I’m still impressed how you actually find them.

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    1. Thank you Anita πŸ™‚ I only have a small garden but I try to cultivate it to attract wildlife. Sometimes just stopping and really looking you spot things you might not always see, and at others time they just appear there out of nowhere πŸ™‚ I also live on the greenbelt and enjoy my walks in the country, always keeping my eye out for something interesting and beautiful.

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