Microscopy

A whole           in a drop.

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Top right :  Moth wing.

 

Bottom right : Housefly wing.

 

Insects make fantastic subjects for viewing, covered in intricate details that can only really be appreciated using a microscope. If  you are just viewing out of casual interest it is not necessary to kill insects, just keep an eye out for any dead ones, there are lots around when you start looking. Once you have seen a lot of different insects, or at least parts of them, you begin to recognise them when they turn up elsewhere.  Pond and soil samples often reveal an extensive list of previous inhabitants while small mammal droppings can give clues as to who ended up as their last meal. Click here to see an example.

 

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Insect investigations

Garden Exploration

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Top left : Beetle leg .

 

Bottom left : Moth antenna.