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Some flies are good guys.

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by jomike, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. jomike

    jomike

    792
    Jun 7, 2008
    Surrey. England
    Not all flies are disease carrying pests that feed on disgusting stuff and then come and land on your food. Some fly species catch and eat other flies and other insects. Eat is not really the correct term, what they do is inject the victim full of enzymes, which turns their insides to slush, and then they suck out all the juices.
    They are not going to win any cute and cuddly prizes either. :eek: 

    1. Dung Fly with a victim.

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    2. Robber Fly.

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  2. DangerKilo

    DangerKilo

    May 14, 2009
    Georgia
    Amazing. What did you shoot these with? These are almost too close!!

    Daniel
     
  3. jomike

    jomike

    792
    Jun 7, 2008
    Surrey. England
    Thanks Daniel.

    These were shot with a D90 and a Tamron 90mm macro. The first one is a 50% crop of a 1:1 shot, the fly was about 6 mm. The second was not cropped much and was not 1:1 as this fly was about 15mm.
     
  4. jomike

    jomike

    792
    Jun 7, 2008
    Surrey. England
  5. Excellent shots!
     
  6. jomike

    jomike

    792
    Jun 7, 2008
    Surrey. England
    Thanks Alex.
     
  7. Incredible pictures. The last one deserves to be in National Geographic. It's such a hideous, revolting, gut-wrenching creature of a bug, and your capture is perfect.
     
  8. Wow sharp as a tack,very very nice, wish they were mine. No tubes huh, did you use a tripod?
     
  9. wingspar

    wingspar

    Mar 16, 2008
    Oregon
    What kind of f/stop were you using for the video, and were you on a tripod. Seems kind of jumpy if it was on a tripod. The photos are very nice, tho the first one seems kind of dark. Sounds like a disgusting diet that first one has. Only one step above the common fly, and on par with Andrew Zimmern’s tastes in food. :biggrin:
     
  10. jomike

    jomike

    792
    Jun 7, 2008
    Surrey. England
    Thanks everyone.

    No tubes and tripod mounted. The tripod was a cheap wobbly one which works for stills because you can move it slightly to get focus, but not good for video as the slightest movement is magnified at macro shooting distances. I now have a Bogen tripod with a pan and tilt head which is much sturdier for video.
    The video was at f/13.
     
  11. shtarka1

    shtarka1

    Feb 1, 2008
    Boston
    Killer shots Mike!
     
  12. staceyrr

    staceyrr

    3
    Apr 1, 2009
    Marietta, GA
    Here's a robber fly with victim from my backyard.
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