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  1. Paul Iddon

    First recorded Cimbicidae

    Never seen one until today, this is one of the club-horned sawflies of the family Cimbicidae - likely Abia sp. Paul.
  2. Paul Iddon

    Gorgeous Female Zebra Jumping Spider (Salticus scenicus)

    A common jumping spider found across the UK. Jumping Spiders do not make webs. Instead they jump onto their prey with great accuracy and quickly inflict a lethal venomous bite. She is very small just now, maybe 3mm, so a bit of growing up to do to reach a possible 6-7mm. Paul.
  3. Paul Iddon

    Ladybird today

    Nestled between two branches, then roaming around the leaves. Got the replacement twinflash for the one that went ca-putt yesterday, gotta get my diffusion levelled out like before... Paul.
  4. Paul Iddon

    Tapered drone fly

    Eristalis pertinax. Often attracted to my variegated laurel shrub in the garden. Paul.
  5. Paul Iddon

    Look who came to play...

    Didn't play for long before scurrying back behind the fence slats... Paul.
  6. Paul Iddon

    Honey Bee

    First warm weather visitor this year - found on a stone at the edge of my small pond - so may have taken a dip but managed to get onto dry land. Encouraged onto the moss at the edge of the pond to warm up. Paul.
  7. Paul Iddon

    4mm long larva

    This is possibly a sawfly larva that is about 4mm in length. It constantly flicked it's head as it moved around the crevice of a leaf. Near impossible to land an in focus shot but I'm a trier if nowt else! I think I nudged the aperture back by accident to f/5.6 so the DoF was even narrower than...
  8. Paul Iddon

    Small male spider

    This little chap posed on the rusty shed lock. Quite small still, lots of moults to be found in the shed before the year is out. Tegenaria domestica. Paul.
  9. Paul Iddon

    Flower bits.

    Bit arty still life-ish... Lily stigma and carnation petals. Taken with the reduced diffusion I have (removed some foam) and a Crafty Bells diffuser from Down Under (expensive to ship over if you ever get tempted)... Paul.
  10. Paul Iddon

    Fight to the death? Or...

    So, millipedes are primarily detritivores. Unlike centipedes which are carnivorous and kill their prey by injecting them with venom. So is this just a fight to the death, or is it a mating ritual? Common garden species of this type are from the Orders Chordeumatida and Polydesmida. The false...
  11. Paul Iddon

    Collembola - these were smaller than a pin head!

    Large crops because these globular springtails were so tiny - and thus not as sharp as I had hoped for. They are less than the size of a pin head. Paul.
  12. Paul Iddon

    7-Spot ladybird on laurel

    This ladybird was out in the garden, on the variegated laurel leaf. Mixture of natural light and diffused flash. Paul.
  13. Paul Iddon

    Ladybird on gerbera

    My daughter found this tiny ladybird (3mm) on the curtain in her bedroom, so I took her downstairs and let her roam around a gerbera flower. Very lively, and just didn't want to stay still but managed to get about 5 usable shots from about thirty! Paul.
  14. Paul Iddon

    Orton Flower

    I remember trying an Orton Effect years ago, and haven't done this for yonks, but I dropped a flower onto a piece of black perspex tonight and used Photoshop to create the Orton Effect with a darkened vignette. Bit arty and different? Paul.
  15. Paul Iddon

    Gardening bad boys!

    These were found during a bit of gardening this morning... Paul.
  16. Paul Iddon

    Tetragnatha extensa (long-jawed Orb weaver spider).

    I think it is Tetragnatha extensa anyway... A stretch spider. Order: Arachnida: Araneae - family: Tetragnathidae All the Tetragnatha species are stretch spiders and they adopt the habit of stretching their legs out in front and behind to produce a stick like effect and can be very difficult to...
  17. Paul Iddon

    Found an ant-mimic wasp in the garden waste bin

    Problem was it was way down the inside so took some getting to as I had to half lean in! Paul.
  18. Paul Iddon

    Still working on diffusion... (Ladybird)

    Ladybirds are THE biggest challenge for me with flash. Today's attempt sees my diffusion covers with an additional sheet of Vellum paper between the lens and flash heads... Had the YN24EX in ETTL +2/3EV, camera 1/200sec, f/11, ISO 160, Venus 2:1 macro lens on a Canon EOS 70D. Paul.
  19. Paul Iddon

    A worm's view...

    I know I can probably do a bit better than these - if I can find a larger worm. Trouble is getting to them. These two were on the low bricks and pebbledash, but still meant forcing my knees down to their level and that was a painful exercise... Paul.
  20. Paul Iddon

    The early 'bird...

    She shouldn't be out and about just yet, but a couple of hours of gentle sunlight (it's 5°c warmer today than Sunday) has perhaps confused her a little bit... Paul.