I am an exclusive photographer with istockphoto and produce a wide variety of images. Recently I have been experimenting with high magnification photography of insects, plants and anything else I find that looks interesting up close.
I am a first year undergraduate studying Biology at the University of Oxford. I have a particular interset in entomology and enjoy exploring the huge diversity of insect species in the UK.
I aim to use this blog to share some of the photos I have been taking which I find particularly interesting, I try to do a little bit of research on the subjects of my photos but am far from an expert. if I have made any big errors or misidentified something, please leave a comment or send me an email to correct me .
This is the tongue of the Hairy footed flower bee Anthophora plumipes. The tongue of this bee is amazingly long (12-15mm) allowing it to reach the nectar of deep flowers. As well as collecting pollen from flowers, the hairs on the tongue help with the senses of taste amd smell, molecules pass through pores in the hairs where they are detected by sensory cells.
This image is a stack of 80 photos which were taken with my Nikon D300 using a Nikon N plan 10/0.30 objective on bellows.