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Upside down tick

October 23, 2016 6 comments
A most unlovely creature

A most unlovely creature

This is a tick off Galileo, seen through the microscope.

Seeing one up close like that doesn’t make me feel any better about the species.

The anus is where you’d expect it to be – marked by the little black dot.

However I would never have guessed that the indent just inland of its mouthparts is its genital aperture.

Headless monster

August 26, 2016 2 comments
A dead scorpion

A dead scorpion

I found this scorpion, already dead, a couple of days ago. It’s beginning to look a little the worse for wear.

Only a part of it would fit under the microscope at any one time.

What amazes me is that despite being relatively long and thin, it doesn’t appear to have a head.

In fact it doesn’t have a head as such. Its eyes are on its chest or its legs are on its head, depending on how you look at it.

It really does look weird up close.

 

Clothes moth larva

July 28, 2016 Leave a comment
In its own woolly pully

In its own woolly pully

Sorting through some clothes that had been in a box behind the wardrobe, out fell what I thought at first were dead clothes moths.

We looked at several under the microscope and they turned out to consist of little rolls of wool fibres.

Suddenly a head popped out of one of them, followed by a Slinky-like body which retracted as soon as we touched it.

It seemed to have a head the other end as well, but that must have been the tail. It moved by dragging its wool roll along.

All unknown to us, we’d been harbouring Case Bearing Clothes Moths whose larvae had been making little tubes out of our clothes.

Not quite amber

July 13, 2016 Leave a comment
More than gum

Apricot gum?

This little chip, about twice the size of a child’s front tooth, came off an apricot.

It was on the fruit itself, not the branch or the trunk.

It’s so hard that it clatters.

Here it is, almost a jewel, seen through the microscope.

Guess what this is

July 9, 2016 Leave a comment
Swallowtail caterpillar skin

Swallowtail caterpillar skin

This tiny stripy object, photographed through the microscope, is the skin shed by the swallowtail caterpillar when it pupated.

The chrysalis emerged at the top and pushed the skin down in wrinkles till it dropped off the end.

It’s a little trophy which would make a good entry for a ‘Guess what this is’ quiz.

Iridescent beetle

June 20, 2016 Leave a comment
The underside of a small beetle

The underside of a beetle

This is the underside of a very small beetle, about the size of a ‘petit pois’, seen through the microscope.

With all those colours set against black it could be a stained glass window.

Froghopper nymph

June 10, 2016 Leave a comment
Sucking at a bindweed stem

Sucking at a bindweed stem

This weird little creature is the nymph of a cuckoo spit froghopper.

It’s crawled out of its froth and is clinging to a stem of bindweed wound up a stalk of lemon mint.

I wasn’t looking for it; my attention was drawn because the lemon mint was covered in black aphids which I wanted to put under the microscope.

The froghopper nymph was a bonus.