Beastie photos

A collection of insects and suchlike which have obligingly stayed still long enough for me to snap them. If anybody knows what the more esoteric ones are, please tell me!

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Found this wee beauty beside the clifftop path at Arbroath, in early July 2013. I have no idea what it is…



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This spider set up home on my van’s wing mirror in a campsite near Aberfoyle, on a sunny September morning in 2014. It was tiny – really!

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Not for arachnophobes…. a rock pool on an Orcadian beach, June 2014. The red ones are red spider mites, I think they’re properly called velvet mites – and I’m guessing the seething grey mass is their larvae, as the mites seemed more caring than aggressive.
I should add that we’re talking pinhead size here, and like most pictures on this page I’m using a macro lens. I don’t want to put you off going for a paddle!

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Isn’t this a beauty?
Big black slug in Caithness, June 2014. On the clifftop path to Badbea historic village.


emperor moth

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Emperor moth on my front porch window, date unremembered but I recall it being fairly recent – let’s say 2013

Snail in Aberdeenshire, August 2011


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Anthill with wood ants, Atholl Estate in Perthshire, October 2012

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Luss hills, August 2011

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Luss hills, April 2011

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Rove beetle, Luss hills, April 2011

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Luss hills, May 2011

inversnaid, june 2012

Inversnaid, June 2012

This is a cleg. Clegs are the work of the devil. They bite – hard. They leave you with big, sore, itchy lumps. And they creep up behind you because they’re sneaky wee beggars. Beware of clegs….

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Northumbria, June 2014






6 thoughts on “Beastie photos

  1. Some great pics there, that looks like a cracking lens – can I ask what kit you are using?

    Posted by Mikeyboy | June 17, 2015, 10:00 am
    • Thanks very much, Mikeyboy – all taken with a Canon PowerShot A720 on macro setting. It’s a great wee camera. I’ve recently invested in a proper DSLR camera (Canon 1100D), but have yet to work out how to work it! When I do figure it out, I’ll get myself a proper macro lens because I’m a bit obsessed with close-range wildlife photography – as you can maybe tell!
      Thank you also for your kind comments on the Dug’s blog – I’m waiting for him to moderate me so I can stand up for myself 😉

      Posted by Elizabeth Angus | June 17, 2015, 10:28 am
      • http://www.dpreview.com/ – this is a great site for reviews of cameras and lenses. If I was after a new macro lens I would be tempted by the new Sigmas as they have OS (optical Stabilisation) and the price is reasonable. I have a long telephoto Sigma lens and it is very good value for money. The user reviews are very useful.

        Re WGD I like the way you engaged BTL. An excellent example.

        Posted by Mikeyboy | June 18, 2015, 9:47 am
      • Cheers Mikey, for both comments!
        I think the Sigma lenses were on my possiblity list when I did some research a wee while ago – good to hear you’ve found your one good value for money.
        That site will come in handy if I ever get the spare cash together for a lens – thanks! 🙂

        Posted by Elizabeth Angus | June 18, 2015, 7:29 pm
  2. Smashing collection!

    Posted by Sharon MacGregor | June 16, 2015, 4:23 pm

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