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My fly is bigger than your fly

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by fishbio, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. I couldn't help it - this is the mother of the mother of all flies about 20mm/0.8" long. I found this female Coenomyia ferruginea a few weeks ago on a protected piece of tall grass prairie South of Winnipeg. It doesn't seem to have an English name, but in German the family is called Stinkfliegen or stink flies.



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  2. 3whiteroses


    May 23, 2008
    I did not know flies could be so big! Great shot.
  3. shtarka1


    Feb 1, 2008
    Lots of Protein there! Nice grab!
  4. Nice picture, crazy looking fly.
  5. Ryan Bradford

    Ryan Bradford

    Jul 14, 2009
    i think thats a horse fly but i could be wrong.
  6. You are:smile: Horse flies are in the Family Tabanidae; this one is in the Family Xylophagidae.


  7. Thanks, everyone.

    It's not one of my best pics., but I couldn't help but respond to the Mother of all flies post.

  8. Looks a bit fat to me! :940:
  9. Yeah, that's a big one, but compared to a Mydas fly it will look like a midge :biggrin:.

  10. Nice shot, and a great find, now I have to go look up the Mydas fly.
  11. Good heavens
  12. Counter


    Sep 18, 2007
    You win Larry :m09:

    Lovely shot!
  13. Thanks everyone. I looked up Mydas flies. They are truly huge. I think this thing must approach them for mass though - much heavier build. I wonder if it can actually fly?

  14. Nice details.
  15. Lovely. At this rate I am getting more scared to leave the house
  16. Bolts


    May 7, 2007
    Tampa, Florida
    Really beautiful shot. Nice color, gorgeous focus, nice sat, comp as good as you can get considering the subject -

    But I still got the willies looking at it. I heard you had some big flying bugs up there in Canada, but JEEZ, eh?
  17. Thanks, Guys

    This fly isn't a biter so no fear! The deer flies and horse flies are bad enough up here without something this size wanting to take a chunk out of you. Given the wing length and body size, I've been wondering if it can get off the ground. The males are considerably smaller and more svelte.

  18. thats so gross :) 
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