Ants farming scale insects
Ants in silhouette tending scale insects. Taken at Alex Wild's Bugshot Belize workshop in January
Ant corpse with nematode
Parasitic nematode "hatching" from a trapjaw ant. Taken at Alex Wild's Bugshot Belize workshop in January
Ant corpse with fungus
Ophiocordyceps fungus on an infected ant, in silhouette. Taken at Alex Wild's Bugshot Belize workshop in January. Thanks to Alex for suggesting the lighting on this one.
Detail of Cyclops, a small Copepod crustacean from a vernal pool. Very Rorschachy. Horizontal field of view around 1 mm. San Francisco Peninsula.
Treehopper disguising itself as a thorn
A treehopper (maybe Tilya sp.?) pretending to be a thorn on the stem of Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis). San Francisco Peninsula.
Green Leaf Beetle takes flight
A Green Leaf Beetle (Trirhabda flavolimbata) starts to take off from its perch on Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis). San Francisco Peninsula.
A scorpion fluorescing under illumination by 375 nm UV LED light with Schott UG1 to attenuate the violet long-wavelength tail of the LED spectrum. I think this one is a NW Forest Scorpion (Uroctonus mordax), but it might be a CA Common Scorpion (Paruroctonus silvestri). San Francisco Peninsula.
A solifugid, family Eremobatidae, San Francisco Peninsula. She's gravid (look through the transparent abdominal wall).
Late afternoon landscape at Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve
San Francisco Peninsula
Avena sp. (A. fatua?), San Francisco Peninsula.
Or maybe the fruiting body (apothecium) of an Old Man's Beard Lichen (Usnea sp.). San Francisco Peninsula.
Inflorescence of Canary Grass
AKA Harding Grass; probably Phalaris aquatica, San Francisco Peninsula
Quercus lobata, San Francisco Peninsula