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A spot of moisture

Paul Iddon

Moderator
After the rain, the insects need to dry off - being soaking wet does most no good I suppose.

Here's an Orchesella cincta (I think) and then the reasonably patient long-legged fly that allowed me to move around to different angles...














Paul.
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
After the rain, the insects need to dry off - being soaking wet does most no good I suppose.

Here's an Orchesella cincta (I think) and then the reasonably patient long-legged fly that allowed me to move around to different angles...











Paul,

Notice that the surfaces are already hydrophobic and so water beads. We haven’t developed such surfaces, but we do have eyelids to remove such drops and debris from the cornea!

Asher
 

Paul Iddon

Moderator
Thanks both :)

Asher - I think a lot of our smaller insects have had to develop so specifically this way. There simply isn't enough room on their bodies for external extras!

Tony - this tiny world fascinates me further beyond where I could have imagined. So small, yet usually so well formed creatures...

Paul.
 
The eyes are incredible. Makes me wonder if they see in that pattern. I have a macro lens but I'm pretty sure I would not be able to get so close and so clear. Wonderful work!
 

Paul Iddon

Moderator
The eyes are incredible. Makes me wonder if they see in that pattern. I have a macro lens but I'm pretty sure I would not be able to get so close and so clear. Wonderful work!
Thank you Maggie :)

Flies see in black and white which allows them to interpret movement quicker than many creatures and that is one of the reasons they take off so easily.

Maybe this one was just being lazy and allowed me to get in closer!

Paul.
 
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