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Evening Meal

By Paul_Iddon  
A quick look around the garden at nightfall revealed this small (young) harvestman having an evening meal - the victim is a hoverfly.

The harvestman is often seen as being a spider, but it is in fact an opilione (an order of arachnids commonly known as harvestmen. As of December 2011, over 6,500 species of harvestmen have been discovered worldwide). Harvestmen have small round bodies with eight very long, very thin legs. Like ticks and mites, harvestmen have evolved a tight connection between the two body sections that other Arachnids have. Their whole body is one round unit. On either side of their mouth they have short appendages called pedipalps that they use to hold food while they chew it. Sadly, I couldn't get in close enough nor at the right angle to get to the mouth!

C&C as always!


Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Image Date: 2013-07-01 20:30:55
Focal Length: 100.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure Time: 0.0063 s (1/160)
ISO equiv: 100
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: Manual
Exposure Mode: Manual
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: Yes (Auto, return light detected)
Copyright: Copyright: Paul Iddon - A View of the UK

Tags: Nature Macro Insect Close-up and macro Harvestman Paul Iddon Canon EOS 5d Mk2 Canon EF100mm fand28 macro Opilione

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1 Jul 2013 10:10PM
a stunning macro well captured

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Cannot see how this could be improved. I love it.
Norfolkboy 12 1 4 England
1 Jul 2013 11:10PM
Top macro & a very interesting read.
Ayoob 7 Australia
2 Jul 2013 2:38AM
Excellent macro shot........Grin
terryxc 5 7 England
2 Jul 2013 4:21AM
AWESOME SHOT, great write up and i'm sure my daughter will sleep easier knowing its a huntsman and not a spider Smile


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