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Friday, March 26, 2010

#020 Copepod

This funny little creature is painted way, way bigger than real life. I found him swimming in a local pond. The copepod is only about 1/8 inch long! I had to use a hand lens so I could see him well enough. He is still swimming around in my little dish. I plan to put him back into the wild tomorrow.


Claire M said...

What an interesting creature. I can't say that I've ever seen them before - but who knows with their small size and my eyesight!!

kslaughter said...

You always post something interesting, Elva ; ). Love the detail and the watery background~~

Teri C said...

Gee, that is sure small, I'm not sure I would even have spotted it.
Interesting creature.

Kelly said...

Very cool! How on earth did you spot him? Great eye.... It makes me think of a creature out of a prehistoric sea--a great fossil!

Elva Paulson said...

The copepods aren't all that difficult to see. It looks as though the murky, greenish water is lightly sprinkled with bright red pepper. Pepper that swims!

I probably should have painted green murk.

Thanks for the comments!