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Animated GIF of the leg of a honey bee (tarsus)

Found in: Howto, Observations and pictures

Focus animation of the leg of a bee.

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The leg of a honey bee

Be patient as the picture loads. It is an animated GIF showing the claws of the leg of a honey bee (the tarsus).

I have used the free image editing software GIMP to make this picture. The steps are as follows:

  • Take a series of pictures of different focus. Make sure that they are numbered consecutively.
  • In GIMP, click File – Open as Layers.
  • Resize the image, otherwise the file will be too big. Click Image – Scale Image to do this.
  • Click Image – Mode – Indexed and change the picture to indexed, and select dithering from the dropdown list.
  • Click File – Export and export the image as a GIF. A dialog will appear where you can set parameters for the animation. Do not forget to give the file the file extension .gif.
  • To view the file, you have to open it in a web browser. Try simply clicking on the file, often a browser window will open this way.
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