Insects, Spiders, Scales and Feathers

Mainly photographed around the garden

Unidentified Solitary Wasp

Zeiss Standard GFL Microscope
Stack of 36 images, Helicon Focus
Objective: Zeiss Plan 1.6/0.03 - 5/0.1
Ocular: Watson x8 Compensating
"Krebs" light diffuser (translucent bottle-top with hole cut for objective, as described by Charlie Krebs)
Camera: Canon Powershot S50
ISO 100, 1/13 sec, F4.9

Scan of whole insect... approx 1.7 cm in length

 

Hornet

Wild M8 Microscope
21 images/Helicon Focus


Head of Hover Fly

Head of Hover Fly

Wild M8 Stereo Microscope
Stack of 4 images combined by Combine4Z

Specimen from the garden, and photographed live

...here is a complete hoverfly

 

Aphid

Aphid

Not a favorite in the garden, unless you're an ant or a ladybird!

Wild M8 Microscope, Combination of 3 images using Combine4Z. Canon Powershot S50 Camera

and talking about ants:

Ant: Myrmica sp.

Wild M8 Microscope
21 images/Helicon Focus

 

Sawfly Caterpillar

These have some appetite - you don't want too many of these in your garden!

Microscope: Zeiss Standard GFL
Objective: Zeiss x1.6 - 5 Plan
Ocular: Watson x8 Compensating
Incident light with diffuser
Camera: Canon Powershot S50
ISO200, F4.9, 1/10 sec

 

Lesser Stag Beetle

Canon Powershot S50 with add-on scrap-box lens

 

Leptophyes punctatissima

Speckled bush cricket nymph; body ~ 8 mm

Found on a flower petal in the front garden

Wild M8 microscope with Aiptek Pocket Cam 3 Mega

and another with the Canon Powershot S50 plus add-on scrap-box lens:

 

Oak Bush Cricket, Meconema thalassinum

Nicely posed on a orange leaf in the back garden

Camera: Canon Powershot S50, F 2.8, 1/80 sec, ISO 200, handheld

 

 

House Cricket, Acheta domesticus

 

Garden Drama:

White crab spider, waiting for lunch!

Camera: Canon Powershot S50, handheld

Lunch Arrived!

Here is an unwelcome fellow in the garden:

Vine Weevil

Wild M8
30 images/Helicon Focus
Diffuse tungsten light

 

finally: everyone's garden favorite:

Seven Spot Ladybird, Coccinella septempunctata

and some more favourites:

BUTTERLIES and MOTHS

 

 

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