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  1. Paul Iddon

    Paroligolophus agrestis

    This is one of the shorter legged opiliones - the Paroligolophus agrestis. It often lives in trees but can also be found in ground vegetation. Paul.
  2. Paul Iddon

    An (as usual) skittish Globby

    Like most, this globular springtail didn't want to sit still, but instead kept meandering around making it a pain to capture in the best pose... Dicyrtomina saundersi is a small globular springtail around only 2 or 3 mm. It has quite distinctive markings of pale greeny yellow and maroon...
  3. Paul Iddon

    Warmer tonight

    The cold freeze has gone, and it's much warmer tonight, so I thought I would have a quick look in the garden (around 11pm-ish).. There wasn't much in all honesty, but I managed 3 photo's. First is a woodlice which I suspect is not the victim in the photo... As well as decaying wood, common...
  4. Paul Iddon

    An Ice Surprise (as in nice surprise)....

    I went out into the garden this morning looking for ice patterns and I found some OK ones, plus a surprise as well... Berries fallen onto the bird table and the surface of the same: A stem of ice crystals on the bin lid - stalagmite like... And there is a solitary rose flower hanging...
  5. Paul Iddon

    First Frost

    Woke up to a cold and frosty morning... Paul.
  6. Paul Iddon

    A walk with the 15mm macro

    Took a lot of photos today on a beautiful walk, Final edit count was 47 from over 700 actuations (seeing as the R10 was firing about a dozen or more every time I depressed the shutter (so many duplicates!) !!! Anyway - I thought I'd show you a few taken on the LAOWA 15mm f/4 wide angle macro...
  7. Paul Iddon

    Bee busy

    Still busy in mid November... Paul.
  8. Paul Iddon

    Night dwellers

    The conifer pieces in the recycling bin revealed a few more inhabitants during the night that came out and walked across the lid of the recycling bin... A philodromus sp. spider: 4 legs left on this poor Opilio canestrinii: An Oligolophus hanseni harvestman: This is...
  9. Paul Iddon

    Trichopsocus brincki

    This is I believe Trichopsocus brincki - found on the waste bin in the garden which I had just filled with branches from a leylandii conifer - will have come from the conifer for sure. The others are also Psocids - though at the moment I am not able to give a definitive ID on those, but they are...
  10. Paul Iddon

    Green Lacewing

    It's late October, so I was a little surprised to find a green lacewing in the garden tonight (I was out with the torch looking for spiders actually...) Paul.
  11. Paul Iddon

    Small globular springtail

    OK, take a look at your keyboard - the one on your desk... See the "del" key on the numeric pad, and on that key is the dot or full stop? Got that in your mind? OK. This globular springtail is smaller than that dot. These 2 were taken on the LAOWA 60mm 2:1 lens at close to full...
  12. Paul Iddon

    Female Coelichneumon desinatorius.

    This is a mainly black species. The female however (as this is) has a broad pale band across the otherwise dark antennae. I have (as far as I know) never seen one before in the garden - so always nice to see a new ichneumonid wasp! Paul.
  13. Paul Iddon

    Wriggle in vain, the wet woody, and the crossing, and a small ichy...

    Part of the night shift series, a missing sector has it's supper - the greenbottle wasn't staying still though, then there's a wet woodlouse, a few droplets of dew starting to form, and finally a millipede crossing across a woodlice like it wasn't even there... and a small ichneumonid wasp...
  14. Paul Iddon

    Elongate springtail (approx 1mm to 1.5mm long)

    This is possibly Isotomurus sp. - and measured maybe 1mm or so in length, perhaps a touch longer. One of the elongate springtails. First photo was my "locator" and was quite a way back, just to try and get the camera and lens in a good position. Second one is at around 1.5:1 on the 85mm LAOWA...
  15. Paul Iddon

    Some from around and about

    I've got a LAWOA 85mm Ultra macro lens to have a play with now - its just 78mm long and weighs around 250gm - so nice and light for on the R10 body. Just given it a trial run - need more practice yet. Old (skipping?) rope: Opilione: Paroligolophus agrestis Orb spider: Willow flea beetle...
  16. Paul Iddon

    Bug & Nose

    A 1mm bark fly nymph, and Bilbo Baggins Cat's nose: :) Paul.
  17. Paul Iddon

    The most Noble False Widow spider.

    I have only ever seen two now, with this male making an appearance last night. It's also the first good shot from the newly acquired Canon R10 - still with the LAOWA Venus 2:1 60mm macro. Paul.
  18. Paul Iddon

    Giant Willow aphids and photobombing wasps!

    What was meant to be a few photos of Giant Willow Aphids, became a 100 photo session with them and a group of six wasps that gate-crashed (photobombed?) the party. This post shows just 15, but I had a great time watching and snapping away! I couldn't get too close with all them buzzing around my...
  19. Paul Iddon


    Winged... Paul.
  20. Paul Iddon

    Ruby Tiger moth caterpillar

    I spotted this on the front door, but by the time I had got around to getting the camera (tea was ready!) it disappeared from there. Luckily, it had travelled a couple of feet to the side and found the shrub growing by the front door and that made things easy to get some photos (with the aid of...