This selection is probably a better representation of my #2016favouritenine as opposed to #2016bestnine. Very difficult to choose, I have not had any real 'stand out' shots this year which is a shame. Thanks to everyone for a the 'likes' and especially the lovely comments I've had, it really does mean a great deal to get feedback and questions on my posts. Here's to getting through 2017 in one piece!! 👍#markhortonphotography
No bugs but a close up of a opening #echinacea flower. This pic has made it into the Top 10 of the RHS August photo comp #rhsphotocomp . You can vote for my image on their Facebook page if you like it! link in my bio to see the other in the Top 10, well worth a look.
The #eagleeyed among you may have spotted what looks like sand particles on the springtail in my last shot. I was surprised to see more organic shapes when I looked closer, and have learned since that they are in fact #nematodes hitching a ride, a process called #phoresis, a non harmful relationship between two species, much like a #pseudo scorpion grabbing onto a fly leg. ⚠️⚠️SWIPE to get a closer look!! ⚠️⚠️
Another couple of shots of the grisly group shots (see the previous shot in my feed for more detail) the Desmemoptera flies deserve their nickname, freeloader flies, as they wait for s crab spider like this one to make a catch for them. The behaviour is such that it has been discovered that some plants emit a scent mimicking that of a captured honeybee, to attract the flies for pollination.