Can anyone identify the insect in the attached image. It was found dead on the window cill (hence in a parlous state), probaly only a few mm long. This image is from a focus stack of about 100 images with stackshot and a microscope lens on the camera. My guess is that it is a beetle, although most of the insects I find in such places are moths & flies.
This isn't my area but as no-one else has answered your query -
I think this is a leafhopper and it looks like some of the Eupteryx species on this page -
Thanks! I think you are correct. Looking through the photos and researching elsewhere in on-line guides, I'm pretty sure that this is actually Eupteryx decemnotata - this is apparently common in the southern UK since about 2002 and is about 2-3 mm in length, which is what I remember. It had probably flown into the extension from the garden and got trapped behind the sunscreen where I found it. In most of the photos the "antenna" is retracted parallel to the body and I can now see that this is so on one side in the photo.
Many thanks! I'm giving a live demo of focus stacking at our local U3A open event tomorrow and I wanted to label all the photos I'm displaying. This photo was composed from over 1000 images. I haven't had time to clean up the residual visual artifacts from the stacking process with photoshop yet but now I know what it is I may do so later.
Thanks. This isn't my field either, and I'm not familiar with the precise physiology of this species. I had noticed that the antennae were missing, but I wasn't sure what the large appendage was, hence my use of the inverted commas. I guess it's probably a front leg. I'm not really concerned with the absolute quality of the specimen - it had probably been on the window cill for several weeks before I found it, hence it's condition. I prefer to use specimens I find around the house and garden rather than killing live insects just for my pleasure when I'm simply demonstrating the focus stacking principle.