Springtails

Here is my selection of springtail shots taken in March this year. All found under decaying logs and branches within Ramsdown wood near Hurn in Dorset.

My set up  – Olympus EM5 Mk II camera, legacy Olympus 80mm F4 macro lens , attached to Olympus OM Telescopic Auto Extension Tube 65~116 plus 25mm extension tube, with Olympus FS-STF22 twin flashes with flash diffusion fixed to a manfrotto flash bracket.

I will start with the longer springtails known as elongated-bodied springtails (approx 3-10mm in length), and first this 2 image stack panorama of a black elongated-bodied springtail.

2 image panorama of a black elongated-bodied springtail
2 image panorama of a black elongated-bodied springtail

Next up is a yellow one, also 2 shots stiched into a panorama using Camera Raw.

2 image panorama of a yellow elongated-bodied springtail
2 image panorama of a yellow elongated-bodied springtail

and then this hairy one.

A hairy elongated-bodied springtail
A hairy elongated-bodied springtail

Now we move onto the other type found, the Globular springtails from the Order Symphypleona (approx 1-5mm length)

A Globular Springtail
A Globular Springtail
Globy Face
Globy Face
Wet Face
Wet Face
Side shot of the yellow globular springtail
Side shot of the yellow globular springtail

They are several different coloured varieties, including the purple Allacma fusca globular springtail

Side shot of the allacma fusca globular springtail
Side shot of the allacma fusca globular springtail
Sniff Sniff
Sniff Sniff
Allacma fusca globular springtail
Allacma fusca globular springtail

and this very pale yellow one

Riase your hands
Riase your hands

The last shot of the post is strange blue looking fellow.

A blue springtail
A blue springtail
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I have been shooting nature with Olympus digital & Olympus OM camera gear on film since 2004
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