A Collection Of Close Up Photographs Of Fauna by Mykl
The pictures on this page were taken with a cameraphone and the magnifying glass on my swiss-army penknife. No other equipment was used.
This is possibly my favourite close up so far. I've always liked these awesome little multi-legged tanks and I love the way this picture turned out. You can see from the forelegs why these things are so good at climbing. Remember: I only used my mobile phone and Victorinox penknife magnifying lens to take this. Click on the image to see the full size version.
Yes, that pink stuff is skin.
My cyborg friend found this ant dragging a corpse behind it. After a while it stopped to snack on this corpse.
I hit this fly with a flyswatter and its head came off. While photographing it, the tongue kept sliding in and out and the mandibles twitched. In real life this head was about two millimeters wide.
This little chap was in my house one morning so I took him outside, took close up photos and some close up videos. He seemed to like the attention and even crawled to the edge of the table and stretched out to reach me. When I moved in closer he climbed on my hand and even preened one of my finger hairs.
The camera work isn't great. When filming through a magnifying glass focusing is tricky and moving a millimeter makes a big difference. Even so, I recommend watching these videos in full-screen.
This is his ear. In the next picture you can see that his ear is in his knee:
When I'd finished taking photos and videos I found him a nice leaf to sit on, which he started eating, thus providing more video opportunities. It was a windy day, that's why the leaf is shaking in this next video:
The wind made it very difficult to get a good photograph of his foot:
but I'm quite proud that you can see the hairs on his toes:
RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!
This baby snail's shell was about 3mm long. If you look carefully you can make out reflections of trees and windows and perhaps even me.
You can get an idea of how small this snail was from looking at the grooves in the hand it is on.
I think this was the same snail.
This baby snail's shell was about 2mm long.
I don't know what this thing was. I found it ooozing up a brick wall - that grey stripe is the concrete between bricks. It seemed to be some kind of maggot struggling to drag a lump of assorted filth up the wall.
A million of these blighters burst from the kitchen bin and laid siege to the house. This action shot is a little blurred cos this one was dashing for the back door.
This Shield Bug is about 1cm long.
It is said that the Crane fly's mouth has the most potent venom known to man.
It is also said that the Crane Fly has no teeth with which to inject its venom.
The second statement is untrue.
(The first statement is untrue as well)
This is the first close-up photo I ever took.
These bugs can cause vast pestilential damage each year in France if precautions are not taken. They may be ravenous but they are also camera shy - whenever I pointed the camera at a stationary one it would ran away which makes this photo a very impressive achievement.
The next beautiful lady was a wonderful model - I worked with her for ages and hope to work with her again in the future.
Here she can be seen posing on a spoon:
As she basks on a tap she shows off just how hairy those long slender brown legs are...