~Love On The Garden Refuse Bin~

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    As the temperatures rose this afternoon, then so did the passion, it was all happening on my parents garden refuse bin, I found quite a few of these Deuterosminthurus pallipes doing their courtship dance on the top of the bin, I imagine that they had been swept up with the garden waste and had escaped to the top of the bin. In the main image you can see the purple female courting with the yellow male, in this species the male and female can be either yellow or purple and sometimes there are a few slight colour variations, it was nice to photograph them on another coloured surface.

    Also I'm still awake, went back to the park this afternoon, but did not photograph much as the sun had brought people out in their droves, it was too noisy for me, definitely prefer it at 4am LOL :o)

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    1. Jemenu 22 months ago | reply

      Great moment!

    2. Phil Thorogood [deleted] 22 months ago | reply

      Great captures m8, see you got the MP-E Eddie, an awesome lens, with the 2x such a shallow DOF though and images a little soft, so the 1.4x might be better, let me know ? :)

    3. It's a Keeper 22 months ago | reply

      These are amazing Eddie! Wonderful work!

    4. ~Easily Overlooked~ 22 months ago | reply

      Aww, how cute! Well done, these shots are great. :)

    5. krypinaturen 22 months ago | reply

      great shot as always, your pictures is so good. Love to see them. :-)

      sorry I not been here so much lately but my dog has been ill for two months and last week we put her to sleep, I am so sorry right now. :-(

    6. zingbean 22 months ago | reply

      Beautiful series...these bugs are so cute

    7. rockwolf 22 months ago | reply

      So cute!! Wonderful set of behavioural shots!

    8. robchopper 22 months ago | reply

      That's a good looking couple :) they are so cute!

    9. Dragonfyre20 22 months ago | reply

      Wonderful capture Eddie. Love these little guys. I have never witnessed this courtship dance. I have only seen a few of these guys and they are tiny indeed.

    10. Seastars world 22 months ago | reply

      oh...kissingtime!

    11. PhotoJunket 22 months ago | reply

      You just seem to find them everywhere - I have yet to find one!

    12. Pog's pix 22 months ago | reply

      Superb images :) Love these shots... and I'm with you, there should be limits on how many people are allowed into parks, lol :)... and those that leave litter shouldn't be allowed in at all---I was disgusted with the state of Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow when I went there a couple of weeks ago, cans, bottles and wrappers all over the grass and floating in the pond :(...

    13. twomeows (away...) 22 months ago | reply

      wow, 4am! I wish I can be this early.
      Great capture, so much passion!

    14. Black Cat Photos 22 months ago | reply

      awwww proper lovebugs! brilliant! luv m xxx

    15. davidh-j 22 months ago | reply

      Great shot and nice to get two colour morphs together.

    16. Andy & Helen :-) :) 15 months ago | reply

      Thought I'd have a look at some of your older stuff to see what I'd missed. Andy has also become obsessed. Have you ever seen yourself as an influential pusher type before - mmmmm - not sure it's healthy but it definitely makes you feel good. Springtail love, just one more thing to look forward to. By the way, how long do they live? If they can survive the cold I suppose they can overwinter. I wouldn't expect them to live very long being so diddy, but strange things happen.
      Regards from Helen :)

    17. Eddie The Bugman 15 months ago | reply

      Hi Helen, these guys I think will overwinter as eggs and hatch out in the Spring, but I'm not 100% on that, you will start seeing them on many garden plants in the late Spring and in large numbers, I was finding loads on a local park bench, it was like a social gathering, so many and so colourful all trying to dance. Sorry for getting you into Springtails, I am amazed at how many people are looking for them now, they are kind of addictive, have you looked at andybadgers photostream yet? :0)

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