Globies

Yesterday I was photographing globies, globular springtails to give them their full name, in Ramsdown wood.

These miniscule fellows range from 1-5mm in size, and therefore I used a high magnifcation macro lens to get these results.

UPDATED 19Mar19. I managed to find two different types, both now correctly identified – The purple ones are Dicyrtoma fusca and the gold ones are Dicyrtomina ornata globular springtails.

First up the Dicyrtoma fusca globular springtails.

Allacma fusca globular springtail
Allacma fusca globular springtail
Allacma fusca globular springtail II
Allacma fusca globular springtail II
Allacma fusca globular springtail III
Allacma fusca globular springtail III

I manage to catch one with its mouth raised, and the look like they have tiny white teeth, but could be wrong. Who knows!

White teeth
White teeth

Here a couple more pics before moving on to the golden ones.

Bright face
Bright face
Upside down
Upside down

Now the gold ones

Grinner
Grinner
Miniscule but large
Miniscule but large
Small steps
Small steps

I also decided to take a few pics of my in the field camera set up. You will see from the pics that I was using the Olympus EM1 MkII digital camera with the legacy Olympus 38mm F2.8 macro lens on the Olympus 65-116 telescopic auto tubes.

The flash set up was the Olympus FS-STF22 twin flash, with one flash head positioned above the lens and the other to one side of the lens, placed on one of the arms of the flash bracket that was attached to the camera body.

The log pile
The log pile
On the mat
On the mat
Back view
Back view
Side View
Side View
Front View
Front View




Pete

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

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