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The opinions expressed here represent my own views and not those of my employer. Comments on posts represent the opinions of others. Alan Cann is the author of two highly successful textbooks, has served on the editorial boards of numerous scientific journals, creator of MicrobiologyBytes.com, Internet Consulting Editor of the Annals of Botany.  Has worked as a consultant for numerous educational and scientific institutions, and have published extensively on educational research. Principles of Molecular Virology http://www.amazon.com/Principles-Molecular-Virology-Fifth-Alan/dp/012384939X/ Maths from Scratch for Biologists http://www.amazon.com/Maths-Scratch-Biologists-Alan-Cann/dp/0471498351/ All original content I post here is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ If you would like me to follow you here I need to see: 1. A profile picture. 2. A description of you and your interests. 3. Regular postings here which are of interest to me.

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White-lipped Banded Snail – Cepaea hortensis. Nikon D5200 Tokina 100mm f22 1/250 ISO 200 In the garden we only have brown lipped banded snails (Cepaea nemoralis) but a short distance away it’s all white lipped snails. So what? Well although the colour of…
White-lipped Banded Snail - Cepaea hortensis. Nikon D5200 Tokina 100mm f22 1/250 ISO 200 In the garden we only have brown lipped banded snails (Cepaea nemoralis) but a short distance away it's all ...
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Haematopus ostralegus. Nikon D5200 Tamron 150-600mm f8 600mm 1/350 ISO 200 At high tide the Oystercatchers abandon the shore and move up to the machair, the strand that’s not quite land and not quite beach. They also use grass verges on roadsides, even in…
Haematopus ostralegus. Nikon D5200 Tamron 150-600mm f8 600mm 1/350 ISO 200 At high tide the Oystercatchers abandon the shore and move up to the machair, the strand that's not quite land and not qui...
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We went looking for dragonflies this afternoon, but didn’t find any, only this one male Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) which wouldn’t play ball for a decent shot. The star of the show though were the ladybirds, like this 14 Spot Ladybird…
We went looking for dragonflies this afternoon, but didn't find any, only this one male Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) which wouldn't play ball for a decent shot. The star of the show tho...
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Pulsatilla vulgaris. The darn things were everywhere but surprisingly difficult to photograph. But so beautiful, and so exotic in the English landscape. And so darn hard to shoot while being buffeted by the wind on a cold spring day.
Pulsatilla vulgaris. The darn things were everywhere but surprisingly difficult to photograph. But so beautiful, and so exotic in the English landscape. And so darn hard to shoot while being buffet...
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I found this cardinal beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis) recently and was charmed not only by its attractive appearance but also by its behavior. Aha, thinks I, here is a glorious focus stack opportunity! But Wolsey (as I’ve called him) had other ideas. A…
I found this cardinal beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis) recently and was charmed not only by its attractive appearance but also by its behavior. Aha, thinks I, here is a glorious focus stack opportu...
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WARNING! http://wp.me/sieTR-warning

In my sermon today I'd like to warn you about the most contagious and distressing disease known to ma orchid fever.
In my sermon today I'd like to warn you about the most contagious and distressing disease known to ma orchid fever.
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Dew-soaked harvestman – unknown species.  An early morning foray yielded this three image focus stack (bathed in dew). Then the flash seemed to wake it up and it started waving its legs around. At this magnification, the angle reminds me of a marine…
Dew-soaked harvestman - unknown species.  An early morning foray yielded this three image focus stack (bathed in dew). Then the flash seemed to wake it up and it started waving its legs around. At ...
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OK, so Landseer got there first with his “ultimate biscuit tin image of Scotland“ but I’m still quite pleased with this shot. Nikon D5200 Tamron 150-600mm f8  600mm 1/750 ISO 200 Bonus shot: Mr Monarch with Mrs Monarch and Monarch Jnr:
OK, so Landseer got there first with his "ultimate biscuit tin image of Scotland" but I'm still quite pleased with this shot. Nikon D5200 Tamron 150-600mm f8  600mm 1/750 ISO 200 Bonus shot: Mr Mon...
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Green Dock Beetle – Gastrophysa viridula. I’ve seen some lovely images of Red Dock Weevils (Apion frumentarium) recently, so went looking for them but I didn’t find any. Instead, I found lots of Green Dock Beetles. It’s the mating season (for Green Dock…
Green Dock Beetle - Gastrophysa viridula. I've seen some lovely images of Red Dock Weevils (Apion frumentarium) recently, so went looking for them but I didn't find any. Instead, I found lots of Gr...
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Fleshfly – Sarcophaga spp. – difficult to identify these to species level. This is a three image focus stack. The left eye isn’t damaged, it’s just a reflection of the end of the lens. Last night I was reading the BWPA website and came across something to…
Fleshfly - Sarcophaga spp. - difficult to identify these to species level. This is a three image focus stack. The left eye isn't damaged, it's just a reflection of the end of the lens. Last night I...
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My first nightingale:
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Female Anthocharis cardamines at Merry's Meadows.
Female Anthocharis cardamines at Merry's Meadows.
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