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Bloodsucking fly on jasmine?

Bloodsucking fly on jasmine?
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Copyright: Jusni Nasirun (jusninasirun) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1740 W: 71 N: 3675] (14660)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikon Macro 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-11 0:39
Viewed: 3255
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi friends in TN,

I took one shot of this fly perched on the tiny jasmine bud. It looked like an ordinary fly through my naked eyes. Once opened in large view, I noticed a strange trunk like feature at the tip of the front/mouth. I am not sure if there is such a fly or maybe it was feeding on something. I'm posting this image out of curiosity and I'm sure there are many knowledgeable friends out there who are ever willing to provide useful information. This is a true wonder of TN.

Thanks for viewing and have a wonderful week ahead.

Since Foozi pointed out this fly is locally known as "pikat", it triggers in my mind that this might be a bloodsucking fly. That explains the long proboscis. Yes, this fly bites and it even hurt cows and other animals. A blackfly maybe!

Shot JPEG fine
In Lightroom - clarity and details
Export to ACD- Tweaks with Level and Curves.
Resized, and framed.

Model: NIKON D80
Software: ACD Systems Digital Imaging
Exposure Time: 1/200
F-Stop: f/20.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 60 mm
Date Taken: 2009-01-09 08:07
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Flash: Flash fired, auto mode, return light detected
File Size: 263 kb
jusni nasirun 2008

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Hi Jusni,
this guy is realy strange - never saw such a one before. A good shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-11 0:58]

Hello Jusni,
Wonderful macro shot of this fly with very impressive sharpness and nice colours. Great use of lighting and I like the pose you have captured it in. Thanks for sharing
Best regards Siggi

Hi My friend Jusni, a grat macro capture of a realy strange fly perched on the tiny jasmine bud. As i seen ith has a huge proboscis that i have nort seen such fly before.
TFS and cheers MF!


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-11 3:00]

Salam Jus,
an excellent shot of great clarity on this strange subject. in Kedah dialect they called it "pikat"- it bites and it really painful.
Even the cow could moooo loudly.


Hi Jusni,
attractively well composed, well lighted image, powerfully concentrated on those powerfully protruding buds and the fly.
That insect's elongated probiscis really looks interesting and worth to be documented. Thank you!
With best regards,

Salam Jusni,

Great setting and very good sharpness. Aku boring betul dia ni, kalau gigit lambat baik.Nice nature shot jusni, thanks for sharing.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-01-11 6:25]

Hello Jusnis, wonderful close-up shot of this interesting fly. Details and colours are great.
TFS and G's,

hello Jusni
beautiful shot with crisp clear details of the fly and the bud
I like all the tones of green of this picture and the light on the flower and insect
very well done

Again you do well with the flash...and again it looks like you have mastered it and it is a good one, not your run of the mill 49.95 dollar flash...VERY good lighting under the tough situation. You do this much better than I..I disdain flash for me because I simply can never get it right!

Ciao Jusni, beautiful bug with lovely details and excellent sharpness, good natural colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-11 9:10]

Hi Jusni,
Beautiful macro shot.POV,sharpness,colors,lighting,3D effect and details are excellent.
Thanks for posting.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-11 9:22]

Hi Jusni,

An excellent close-up of this strange looking fly. Doesn't look like any I have seen before. The clarity is wonderful and the black and bronze colors are marvelous. It shows up very well on the plant.


hello Jusni

another of your excellent macro-photos, shot with fine POV
and framing, excellent luminosity of the image
and excellent contrast of the colours, and excellent
sharpness and details of the focused subjects, TFS


Hi Jusni,
Nice detail, color, and composition.
Good POV & DOF also.
The mouthparts are simply extended at the moment of shooting Jusni..
They can appear quite large.
It's posing for ya ;}
Well done,

Hi Jusni,
Very good macro shot of this little fly and jasmin bud; great POV and composition, pin sharp fine details, good DOF and bright natural colours.

Salam Jusni,
another great close-up for interesting looking fly and jasmine. you captured them with great sharp details, using f/20. splendid coloration, great POV/OOF. Composition also great. thanks for sharing, have a nice week my friend

Ciao Jusni,
bellissima macro di insetto catturato con eccellente definizione, straordinaria la "texture" del fiore, ottimi POV e composizione con la bella prospettiva diagonale, molto belli i colori e ottimo OOF BG.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-12 20:26]

Hello Jusni, I dont think this is a blood sucking fly. We have a lot of them in our place and I posted something similar like this. Thank you for sharing this beauty. Ganesh

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