I’ve recently started doing a bit more small scale photography, however, I have yet to get all of the required ducks in a row. I still need to work out a softer light source but don’t really want to invest in a macro ring flash at this early stage. Here are a few of the images I have taken of little creatures, some quite pretty but some, downright disgusting. It’s quite an addictive type of photography so expect to see plenty more of this in the future.

a shy woodlouse

a shy woodlouse


same little fella making a run for it moments later

Pyrochroa serraticornis, Red Cardinal beetle

Pyrochroa serraticornis, Red Cardinal or Lily Beetle

lily beetle larvae

a lily beetle larvae – quite the most disgusting thing I’ve photographed so far – apparently they cover themselves in their own excrement to deter predators from eating them… nasty!

 Chloromyia formosa, soldier fly

bit tricky this one, but I think it’s Chloromyia formosa, a soldier fly, again, found down the alottment


I think this is a Green Dock Beetle – Gastrophysa viridula, found him on a piece of weed matting down the alottment

Oedemera nobilis, False Oil beetle

Oedemera nobilis, False Oil beetle


ants guarding the entrance to their nest


house spider

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