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Old May 19, 2009, 11:03 AM   #1
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Default My first globular springtail

They are everywhere but because they are so small nobody notices them.

First time I got a shot of them.
It's around 0.2mm big.


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The background is a piece of purple plastic.

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Old May 19, 2009, 11:35 AM   #2
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Impressive shot. My experience with these almost microscopic primitive insects is that special collecting techniques are required to find them - how did you manage? Not many people outside the biological community even know they exist, let alone how to find them.
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Nice shot Ronny!
I got one by accident once, when I was taking a shot of something else.
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Old May 19, 2009, 1:02 PM   #4
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Thanks Penolta,

I knew you could find them in wet places but never expected them to be this small. So I just layed down on the ground and tried to find something small. luckily enough one was helpfull and jumped on the plastic I had with me to place my camera on.

So next time I'm going to try to find them by moving a peace of plastic over the ground and hope something jumps on it.

Don't think that is the "special collecting techniques" you speak of, but if it works...


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Nice shot Ronny!
I got one by accident once, when I was taking a shot of something else.
Thanks GW, this one was with a lot of luck, maybe next time I'll see what I'm searching

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Old May 19, 2009, 2:08 PM   #6
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One way to collect these and other wee cryptic beasties that hide under the leaf litter is to take a large funnel that has a screen in the bottom, fill it with leaf litter, suspend it over the mouth of a jar, and place a light over the funnel. These insects are repelled by light and go down to the bottom, fall through the screen, and accumulate - in the jar, from which they can be recovered. Simple but effective.
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Ah, well, how to say... simply FANTASTIC, Ronny.

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Nice shot, hope they stay small.

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So, what exactly is this thing? I've never seen anything like it. Nice capture. Both of the creature and of the photo.

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Fascinating creatures, but I don't think I'd want to be photographing them any time soon. They make me think of chiggers (don't think you can see them) and ticks too much. Ticks start out visible but really small, too.
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