This first set of outdoor wildlife macro from 2019 comes from the bridge handles and posts at Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve from the 24th February.
Though you may not spot things on the handrails as you cross the bridge, if you look really closely – there is a lot of life on them.
All these tiny creatures are mostly 1-5mm in size. The Alder Beetle, Spider and Sheild bug instar being the exceptions – the first is the biggest by far. The spider and sheild bug about 5-7mm by recolection.
The first macro photo here is something I am not sure what it is. My best guess is a form of beetle larvae at the moment. Any id’s please let me know.
Then a tiny beetle
A macroscopic fly.
Before a selection of springtails. The largest images are slightly cropped to show more detail. The banded springtails (Entomobrya albocincta) being a new find for me.
Before the last couple of images – the aforementioned larger subjects of Alder Beetle and Spider, and I think early sheild bug instar.
All images take on a Canon 5D mark IV, with Canon MPE-65mm 1-5x macro lens. Flash lit with a home made diffused – Yongnuo YN24-ex twin flash.