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    Video: tropical harvestman eating a midge

    This video shows a tiny juvenile Central American harvestmen (Acromares vittatum) very rapidly devouring a chironomid midge (like a mosquito that doesn’t bite).

    I shot this video last weekend on my kitchen table using 3 tabletop LCD lamps. Unfortunately I didn't get the colour balance quite right so the video is a bit warm. I'd also like to use a lower ISO to get a higher resolution, but that would mean substantially brighter light, which I don't know it the critters would tolerate. I need to experiment a bit more.

    Cheers,
    EC
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    The technical stuff:
    Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5
    Lens: Zuiko 60mm micro four thirds macro
    Settings: aperture priority exposure (F11 @ 1/30 sec)
    Lighting: 3 Ikea LCD lamps
    ISO: automatic

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    Cool video and a sweet piece of music. Did the harvestman capture the midge or was the midge already dead?
    "Blessed are the cracked….
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    The midge was already dead. These harvestmen aren't very aggressive predators for anything this big, although they feed greedily on tiny prey like springtails.

    Cheers,
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