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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.

    Cheers,

    Larry


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  2. 3whiteroses

    3whiteroses

    664
    May 23, 2008
    Maryland
    I did not know flies could be so big! Great shot.
     
  3. shtarka1

    shtarka1

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

    Ryan Bradford

    518
    Jul 14, 2009
    Rochester
    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.

    Cheers,

    Larry
     
  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.

    Larry
     
  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:.

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

    Counter

    Sep 18, 2007
    London
    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?

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

    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.

    Larry
     
  18. thats so gross :) 
     
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