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Chrysolina fastuosa Thorax 1 klein

Yesterday I had the chance to take a picture of this beautiful insect, a male banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens). It was early morning and quite cold at the river Feldaist (Upper Austria). In order to be ready to fly, the dragon fly trembles with its wings.

Technical data:
Nikon D850, 200 mm
single shot

Chrysolina fastuosa Thorax 1 klein

Serveral new items found their way to my collection of minerals.

 

Chrysolina fastuosa Thorax 1 klein

Due to Corona, I limited my regular outdoor activities to public parks arount our apartment in the 8th district Vienna (1 km diameter). There are several parks and in one of them I found specimens of sweet violet (Viola odorata).

I was specially interested in the root. The root was cut with a Jung HN-40 microtom using disposable blades. Stained with Wacker W3A, mounted with Eukitt.

Technical details:
Olympus BX-60
UAPO 10 oil
17 stacks used for the panorama.

Chrysolina fastuosa Thorax 1 kleinCurrently I am faszinated by the roots and rhizome. This is another picture of this series. It shows the root of Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) with a side root.

Technical details:
Nikon Z6
Olympus BX-60
UPlanSAPO 20x oil
Projektiv PE 2,5
UV excitation - HBO-lamp with U-NBV (near band, blue violet)
Staining: Wacker W3A - three parts
Panorama stack consisting of 13 stacks

Chrysolina fastuosa Thorax 1 kleinLast summer I took pictures of this beautiful beetle - also known as "dead-nettle leaf beetle" (Chrysolina fastuosa), but it took until February to complete it. The pictures requires white background to avoid colour reflections on the beetle's surface. 

Technical details:
Nikon 850 with APO Componon macro system
3 stacks with 1064 pictures in total
Illuminated with a semi-transparent mirror in a light box with a Schott Forstec DCR II cold light lit.

Chrysolina fastuosa Thorax 1 klein

Currently I am faszinated by the roots and rhizome. The picture shows a cross section of Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata).

Technical details:
Olympus BX-60
UPlanSAPO 20x oil
Projektiv PE 2,5
Immersionsoil Olympus type F on both sides
Staining: Wacker W3A - classical, three parts
Panorama stack consisting of 6 stacks, approx. 800 pictures.

Osterluzeifalter newssingle scale of the wing of the butterfly Zerynthia polyxena.
Olympus BX-60, BF (bright field), UPLANSAPO 60 oil (objektive and condenser lens are immerged) Nikon Z6
Mounting media: Eukitt
Original size of the scale: 0,09 mm

My way to go into more and more details took me from a butterfly (in toto) to a single scale of its wing. The variety of different scales on one wing is amazing. This picture is my first step into a new and faszinating new topic. There is a lot to learn - from separation of a single scale to its mounting. 

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