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By livinglevels  
Thanks for all the votes and comments on the Common Blue butterfly.

The image above is of a juvenile Common Lizard (Zootoca vivipara) carrying a red spider mite. The lizard was very timid and kept constant eye contact with the lens even though the spider mite was clearly tickling it. The mite also gives an idea of scale as does the black sand grain under the shadow of the lizards chin. I was amazed at how sharp the claws were and the blue green eye surrounding colour; neither of which were visible to the naked eye (well at least my poor eyes). I had hoped for a tongue flick but this never happened before the sun went and the lizard took cover.

Have a good evening


Tags: Reptile Close-up and macro Buckinghamshire Wildlife and nature Common Lizard Zootoca vivipara Wooburn Moor

Voters: CarolG, GMKhamish, Mike_Young and 11 more


CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
4 Jun 2015 6:25PM
A super capture, Paul, there seem to be an overload of red spider mites this year Smile

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4 Jun 2015 11:00PM
The detail is exceptionally good, Paul.
A superb image.

Chinga Plus
9 3 1 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2015 9:38PM
Wonderful image! Grin

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