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Ena

Observed: 25th November 2010 By: andyk
London Natural History Society
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Yashca's picture

I like what you do

I've seen a few of your pictures come up on ispot, and I quite like what you're doing. What camera do you use to take your pictures, and how do you go about finding and identifying soil invertebrates?

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Camera

I use a Nikon D80 with the 105mm macro lens and SB600 flash (can't afford the macro flash setup!). For the smaller specimens I have a Nikon SMZ800 stereo microscope with a beam splitter and a GX Cam 3 Meg camera (really need to get a 5 meg camera for the fine detail).

I use various methods to find soil inverts, depending on what I'm looking for:
Sieving - for larger inverts in leaf litter, sieve over a large white sheet of plastic, then look for movement.
Flotation - dunking a small amount of soil into either water or saline solution, stir gently then see what floats to the surface.
Direct searching - turn over logs/stones/litter then search carefully.

I have been studying soil invertebrates (mostly the centipedes) over the past 40 years and have amassed quite a reference library during that time, so identification is not too difficult.

Andy

Andy Keay

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Merdigera

The present checklist places Ena obscura in the genus Merdigera.