Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Come dancing ...




































A perfect autumn afternoon: no wind, crunchy fallen leaves underfoot, the smell of warm earth and these dancing swarms of midges, constantly shape-shifting as they rise and fall in a sunbeam.

You can see images of the aquatic stages of their life cycle by clicking here and more midges by clicking here

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the links. I really will have to get a microscope again. Even if I can't identify what I'm looking at there are some beautiful little beasts out there.

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  2. It's amazing what you can see even with those cheap 'toy' microscopes that you can get for kids, Adrian.I had a go with one of these http://www.amazon.co.uk/Natural-History-Museum-Pocket-Microscope/dp/B0015X4Y5S a while ago and it was amazingly useful and very portable - but it doesn't look like it's currently available - but there are similar alternatives, like this http://www.amazon.co.uk/CostMad-Microscope-Jewellery-Magnifying-Illuminated/dp/B005WVQAWE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349858186&sr=8-1 and this http://www.amazon.co.uk/National-Geographic-NG709-LED-Microscope/dp/B005GP4DZM/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1349858186&sr=8-4 ......... you can have a lot of fun exploring for very little money!

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  3. Thanks Phil...I'll have a trawl round the internet.

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  4. Recently there have been several tea time walks with Penny where I have had to walk through clouds of midges.

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  5. Hi John, when I was a kid I lived near gravel pits where there were vasy swarms of them at this time of year .... from a distance they looked like whisps of smoke..

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