One of the nice finds in the river on Dartmoor was this Polycelis felia flatworm One of the interesting features of this species is the eyes that it has all the way round the edge of its body.
When dipping the river at Bellever on Dartmoor I found a strange looking tube made of sand. I turned out to be the case of a Rheotanytarsus sp midge larva. Sadly it didnt seem to be occupied, but a new one for me anyway.
As you may have guessed from recent posts I have had a few goes at shooting pond creatures with a white background. They great thing about these images is it is easy to play around with them and make things like a make a collage of them. Here is my first attempt:
Some more white background photos, this time of the aquatic predator, a water scorpion Nepa cinerea.
A quick 1 photo post. A Screech or squeek beetle Hygrobia hermanni taken in my photographic aquarium
Another thing that turned up in my river sampling was this beautiful demoiselle nymph. I placed it in my photographic aquarium and managed some close ups of this alien look creature. In this photo you can see the large ‘horn’ behind the eye which distinguishes it from the related banded demoiselle. I found it among…
Back in August last year I did my own river dipping/sampling for the first time, at Bellever on Dartmoor, and managed to find my first ever stonefly nymphs The exact species is hard if not impossible to determin without a specimen under the microscope, but it was kindly Idebtified by Craig Macadam as one of…
To celebrate the launch of the Freshwater Habitats Trust, I thought I would do a ‘best of’ my pond creature photos (some of which are being used by the FHT). These are a few of the nicer shots I’ve taken. First up, the first photo I was happy with of a four spotted chaser dragonfly…
Today I’m off to the Launch of the Freshwater Habitats Trust, formerly known as Pond Conservation. I hope to Tweet this evening from the meeting and blog after the event, but to celebrate the launch, here are some phantom midge larva photos. I blogged some of the fascinating things about these brilliant creatures here:
A few shots of a pond olive mayfly nymph. This species is the one most commonly found in ponds. I managed some shots of the underside too.