Microscopic Life


Simocephalus vetulus – I really needed a microscope to capture this very peculiar freshwater life form, so apologies in advance as this is not as clear as some of my other images, as I was really trying to attempt the impossile with a camera, and handheld to add. But I wanted to show you something you may have not seen before.

This semi-transparent microscopic organism is actually a crustacean, which also includes crabs and lobsters. It feeds by filtering small phytoplankton (microscopic marine algae) species from the surrounding water. It is found in freshwater environments like small ponds, ditches, and canals. It is known as an early colonist of newly constructed ponds, or after disturbances in established water bodies.


Simocephalus vetulus

38 thoughts on “Microscopic Life

    1. You might have. Just take a small plastic pot and dip it in the pond, and look very closely and you might see very tiny specks there moving and swimming about. You will need a good magnifying glass, too πŸ™‚

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  1. What an interesting looking crustacean and you made an excellent job of photographing it, especially handheld.

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    1. Well, like most things, Marilyn, it began with something else. I wanted to photograph Common Duckweed up close which I found in the local canal, but I couldn’t get close enough to it so I fished some out in a small pot. I then noticed all these tiny swimming creatures in there and wondered what they were. Now we know πŸ™‚

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      1. You might consider looking on the web for a dissecting microscope. They are far less expensive than traditional ones, and there are many very reasonable digital ones available. I think this could help to, um, open whole new worlds to you, and I’m sure you would embrace them with open arms.

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      2. Thank you. A digital one sounds real good, especially with a camera. Something definately worth considering πŸ™‚

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  2. Nicely done, Pete. What an interesting little creature. Isn’t it amazing that no matter how small an organism may be there is something smaller for it to feed upon? πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Steve. I have always been fascinated in the microworlds, but this is a whole new level really and beyond the optics of my camera. But it has been interesting to research and learn something new.

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      1. Do you plan to invest into a magnifier so you can explore more tiny microscopic living forms with your camera?

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