The Western honey bee or Apis mellifera is a common insect around my parents garden in the South East Suburbs of Melbourne, being attracted to the pollen from the Grevillea banksii. The Western honey bee is a fascinating insect that is commercially used to produce honey. It also has a social caste system in addition to complex communication behaviours (e.g. dances to indicate food availability). Sadly it is also currently being affected due to colony collapse disorder.The bee's proved to be great subjects, with so many flying around the Grevillea it allowed me to stand near the large plant for more than 5 minutes taking photos

 People often think that the air we breath is relatively benign, but the reality could not be further from the truth. The air we breath is almost in itself another world which contains millions of microorganisms including fungi. Fungi is a microorganism which is ubiquitous around the world and for most people does not present a significant issue, however once allergies and / or immunosuppression kicks in it can become a bigger issue.The following images are of AGAR plates, the red plates are what is known as Blood Agar which typically grows fastidious bacteria and some fungi because of the variety of complex nutrients found

I noticed outside a number of jumping spiders, and having had some success with a black porcelain tile I thought it would be worth another try but with a different spider (last time was a flower spider). There are plenty of jumping spiders outside my house so I safely collected one, put it on the tile and started taking pictures as it wandered around the tile.The images were taken with a Nikon D5300 digital camera, and a Sigma 150mm Macro. Once I had finished I safely collected the jumping spider and put it back where I found it outside.Amusingly after I had placed it outside,

Truth be told I am actually not a huge spider fan, and I know this blog and my various photo collections would make people think otherwise but I really just take photos of spiders because in certain parts outside they are somewhat in excess. Having said that some of the spiders when you see them up so close are actually quite interesting, and vary so much in terms of their size, shape, and even character to a certain extent.I decided, after taking some Microscopy photos I would see if I could find something outside to have a look at under the microscope, but in looking

I went through my parents garden today looking for some flowers or something to photograph, and by coincidence this Flower Spider i think (Diaea evanida) was well camouflaged within the flowers and leaves, having shown itself I decided to instead get photos of the spider, who I must say was not at all afraid of the camera / ring flash.The spider spent a significant amount of time trying to attack me and the camera, but I did get (in my view)  some great photographs before the spider was returned to the back yard.The images were taken with a Nikon D5300, a Sigma 150mm Macro and

I often hear from people that there is nothing interesting to photograph at home, or when they are out and about. Today was an interesting day as whilst I was sitting at my desk I noticed this little guy walking across my phone. I decided it was the perfect opportunity to grab my camera (Nikon D5300) and macro lense (Sigma 150mm) whilst I was on a break and grab a few quick photos. I loved the colour of this insect and from what I can see from various site across the internet it appears to be the Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci). I did find the