Many - Hidden - Little Things!
When taking pictures of some of the Many Little Things I often focus so hard on the task at hand that I don’t notice all that is going on. This photo-set gives examples: the principal foci of the images were the larger organisms, but in each example there are smaller things in the picture too, sometimes obvious, sometimes not so.
In the first image the large ant was the focus but, remarkably in retrospect, the smaller ant carrying what may be a bug went unnoticed. In the second the focus was the aleocharine staphylinid (Coloeptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae) but off to the right was a lovely little springtail (Collembola). In the third a tiny little (c. 1 mm) sphaeropsocid book-louse (Psocoptera) wandered into the image of a throscid beetle (Coleoptera: Throscidae) - these booklice are rarely encountered with very few records in southeastern Australia. The final two images show mites (Acarina) hidden in plain view: in the case of the millipede a tiny mite in the wood crack on the bottom right, and in the final image of the charopid land snail Pillomena meraca two mite species immediately to the left of the snail (see if you can find the smallest one!).
Pics 1 & 3 from the southern Grampians region and others from Dandenong Ranges in Victoria, Australia.