Pudding4brains

Pudding4brains

Time restraints due to changed circumstances in life make it impossible to put much time in, so I will be refraining from "socializing" for some time to come (nothing personal!) and restrict myself to just "dumping" (uploading) images to make these available as CC0 / Public Domain for anyone to use. Used to be: Hobby entomologist interested in many "unpopular" groups (Opiliones, Oniscidea, Microcoryphia, Zygentoma, Dermaptera, Blattodea, Neuroptera, Mecoptera, Raphidioptera etc.
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    1. Obviously, credits go to Manfred Ulitzka :o) But it's neat to have a name ... first Thrips on JD to get identified to species level actually (even if with some caution).
    2. I'm afraid I still have a _lot_ of microscopes, lenses, adapters, light units etc etc that I all got cheap to tinker with and see if I can get good results, but no time for it and no budget to spare for new toys either I'm afraid ;o)
    3. Not bad results at all Christine! I have an oldish similar thingy that was always a disappointment so never got much use (it cost me about 20 Euros at the time, that could have been better spent ;o)
      Good to see these things have improved over time, so thanks for answering!
    4. Comment on Megastigmus nigrovariegatus - Female 22 days ago
      Minor correction: A publication published in 2003 mentions that it had "recently" been recorded from France, but the specimen listed are actually 1987, 1990 and 1993, so it has been around in Europe since well before the turn of the century.
    5. That's impressive DOF for the magnification - stack of how many?
    6. Impressed by your microscope images - do you use your regular DLSR with a convertor on a trinocular microscope or is it through one of the regular oculars?
    7. Comment on Midge Pupa (Chaoboridae) 22 days ago
      Cute as in "Lucifer is quite cute too!" *lol* :o)
    8. Comment on Megastigmus nigrovariegatus - Female 22 days ago
      Ehrmm ... this one is a bit more complex. It's originally a North-American species but it has been recorded in south-central and southeastern France since around the beginning of this century. Now we've found it in a garden in Drenthe and I found an image on waarneming by Dick Belgers who recorded one in his house (unidentified at the time) from somewhere around Wageningen, august last year, I think.

      So, obviously introduce by mankind (unintentionally) to France about two decades ago and I think it is fair to assume that it has spread from there on its own wings. Probably present at much more locations in Europe but it's quite small, so not surprisingly not readily recorded, I suppose.
    9. Uuuhhh ... NICE detail! :o)))