x1 image. Double click to enlarge. These are Collembola (Springtails), and are 1 mm (3/64 in) long or less, and I observed them scurrying about on this plant leaf in the back garden until they came together for this moment. Despite the colour differences, they are both the same species, Deuterosminthurus pallipes, the purple is… Read More A Brief Kiss … And We Part Forever …
This is Dicyrtomina saundersi, a springtail, and boy do they jump if they feel threatened. This is an uncropped image. I have experimented with extension tubes for the first time ever this morning, and have found using the 36 mm tube in combination with my Raynox 250 they work pretty well. Normally I would have… Read More Getting Even Closer
You may be wondering what an earth this blog title means? Well, coincidently for me, this is another of those species which has yet to be given a proper name! This is a globular springtail of around 1.5-2 mm (around 5/64 in). It has to be the prettiest and perhaps the cutest I have seen,… Read More Katiannidae genus nov.1. sp. nov.2
Dicyrtomina saundersi is its name, and not an insect (although previously considered to be) but a springtail. There is a kind of ‘spaceman’ like figure in the pattern towards the head, and a distinct dark barred patch towards the rear of the abdomen which helps separate it from similar species. It looked directly up at… Read More Cuter Than Cute – For A Bug
Orchesella villosa – Please do not mistake this for a bottle or pipe cleaner. It is a springtail, and boy do they spring when you uspet their day. At least this species has a nice short name. Amazing what you can find by just lifting a small plant pot. For more info on Springtails you… Read More Not A Bottle Cleaner
Orchesella cincta – This is another one of those tiny springtails I go on about in the odd post. I can’t help it, but I find them fascinating. This one has a nice yellow band around its third abdominal segment, and, quite unfortunately, one missing antenna. It’s amazing to think you have a whole little… Read More The Odd
Warning: serious tongue twister here. Despite the very long name, it is a very small springtail which owns it. In this microcosmos even the fine leaf hairs can be an obstacle for it to negotiate. Less than 1mm long (3/64in) long, barely seen by the naked eye, but so very cute … in my eyes,… Read More Deuterosminthurus pallipes forma repandus
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
Beaneath our feet is a hidden world of wonder which many of us do not get to see. Yet it is there all the time. Earlier I lifted up a plant leaf that was trailing across a flagstone, a simple act, and peered beneath it. I entered ‘their’ world. Please click on an image for… Read More The Hidden World beneath Our Feet
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
Sminthurides aquaticus This was one of those moments when you are focusing on snapping something and don’t realise you got more than you bargained for when opening it up on the PC monitor. It’s not the clearest of images, but below the beetle called Elaphrus riparius is a tiny yellowish and bluish globular springtail called Sminthurides… Read More Can You Spot The Beetle’s Friend?
Anurida maritima A bluish-grey springtail with 3 thoracic segments and 6 abdominal segments. It has 3 pairs of legs. The entire body is covered with white hydrophobic hairs which allow it to stay above the surface of the water on which it spends much of its life. The Rock Springtail cannot leap like other springtails.… Read More Rock Springtail
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