Studio stack: Head louse

Studio stack: Head louse

Pediculus capitis (Pediculus humanus capitis), (Pediculidae) human head louse
2.5 mm

This year in March my son finally came through with some head lice! Here is one of them (I think it's a female).

Stacked from 146 exposures in Zerene Stacker. 

Sony NEX-7, Mitutoyo M Plan Apo 10X/0.28, morfanon, Nikon PB-6 bellows.

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Studio stack: Bed Bug

Studio stack: Bed Bug

Bed bug, Cimex lectularius, Cimicidae
Size: 5 mm

This is newly fed specimen – engorged with my blood (its last meal before freezing/preparation). 

This is a species even devout bug fanatics are a bit wary of. Not because they are dangerous (they are not) but if you get them in your home they can be extremely difficult to get rid of. Especially since they've become resistant against pretty much every pesticide we've come up with (at least disregarding the ones that are not safe for use in a human home). 

I had a few of these "charming fellows" sent to me from the University of Sheffield (thanks Michael!). Only after they'd ensured me that their line of Cimex had spent so many generations in the lab that they had forgotten "how to bedbug". And even if they did recall it somehow, they were still sensitive to even our weakest pesticides.

So I kept them in the fridge for a few months and fed them a couple of times. I'll add a few shots of a feeding specimen in the comment section.

This was shot and stacked in 2010 – just realized I never got around to posting it. 

Stacked from 239 exposures in Zerene Stacker.

Canon 5DmkII, Nikon PB-6 bellows, morfanon tube lens, Mitutoyo M Plan Apo 10/0.28

Earthworm in the studio II

Earthworm in the studio II

Lumbricidae (Unknown species)
Size ≈ 40 mm

This is a studio portrait of a relatively small earthworm.

Stacked in Zerene Stacker from 40 exposures. 

Canon 5DmkII, Nikon PB-6 bellows, Reversed Apo-Componon 60/4

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