Click and click again on the image to get that little bit closer … These are barely visible with the naked eye. I only spotted them by closely looking at the leaves of my crabapple to see them scurrying over the surface, although they can occur on most vegetation. The fine hairs on the leaves… Read More Less Than 1mm Long
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.
Orchesella villosa is another springtail, but one of Britain’s largest growing up to 5mm (0.2in) long. It can leap a fair way, too, when it feels threatened, and I thought I had lost it a few times. I would not have got this level of detail or this close with just the Sigma macro lens,… Read More Getting A Little Closer II
To get a little closer to this springtail means adding a Raynox DCR-250 conversion lens to the end of my Sigma 105mm macro lens, which came through the post via Amazon today. It has an adapter which will clip on the end of any lens with a filter size between 52mm to 67mm. Tricky to… Read More Getting A Little Closer
Here we are again, sitting in the late afternoon sun, amongst some rather interesting friends. Some of them familiar, like the banana yellow Deuterosminthurus pallipes above, and some of them not so familiar like the plumb purple one below, which is the same species. And further down we again have Entomobrya intermedia, just sitting there… Read More Sitting With The Springtails II
Just sitting in the garden, looking and listening, so much life going on around me. I look down and focus, and see movement on the plants below. I could not tell what they were with the naked eye, they were so small, but they were alive and moving. Through the lens of my camera I… Read More Sitting With The Springtails
Barely visible to the naked eye and with a length of 2mm, this springtail has distinctive purplish markings on its back, especially the crucial broken “U” on the large 4th abdominal segment, and the continuous “W” on the same segment, which helps to identify it compared to other similar species; but length of abdominal segments… Read More Entomobrya intermedia
This springtail has a distinctive yellowish band across the third abdominal segment. Length 4mm. They feed on plant detritus. Seen all year round, and live in various habitats, under rocks and stones. Common and widespread throughout the British Isles. Photograph taken July 2015, rear garden, Staffordshire.
I found this curious, tiny critter under a stone I lifted in my back garden. This springtail has a uniform purplish iridescence. Length up to 4.5mm. They feed on plant detritus. They are seen all year round, and are found in damp and shady places like under logs and stones, and amongst leaf litter. Very… Read More Tomocerus minor