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Fly Mating #1 (Flesh Fly)

Fly Mating #1 (Flesh Fly)
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Copyright: jitti coowanitwong (jcoowanitwong) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1679 W: 0 N: 3120] (13754)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon s3 is
Exposure: f/2.7, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-02 3:25
Viewed: 3556
Points: 25
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is spring time - procreation time. Many pictures of loving making insects on TN. Here is another one.

Fly, common name for members of an order of two-winged insects, the best known of which are the house fly and mosquitoes. Other familiar flies include crane flies, gnats, black flies, horse flies, and blow flies. Some four-winged insects are loosely termed flies, such as dragonflies, caddisflies, and mayflies. But true flies, which evolved from four-winged insects, possess only a single pair of wings; some are among the fastest flying insects.
There are about 119,500 known species of flies and they make up the fourth largest insect order, after the beetles, butterflies and moths, and bees and wasps.


Sarcophagidae (from the Greek sarco- = corpse, phage = eating; the same roots as the word "sarcophagus"). There are many species in this family and commonly known as flesh flies. Most flesh flies breed in carrion, dung, or decaying material, but a few species lay their eggs in the open wounds of mammals; hence their common name. Some flesh fly larvae are internal parasites of other insects. These larvae, commonly known as maggots, live for about 5-10 days, before descending into the soil and maturing into adulthood. At that stage, they live for 5-7 days

The life cycle of flesh-fly larvae has been well researched and is very predictable. Different species prefer bodies in different states of decomposition, and the specific preferences and predictable life cycle timings allows forensic entomologists to understand the progress of decomposition and enables the calculation of the time of death by back extrapolation. This is done by determining the oldest larva of each species present, measuring the ambient temperature and from these values, calculating the earliest possible date and time for deposition of larvae. This yields an approximate time and date of death (d.o.d.). (blow flies also help in this matter)

A few species of large flesh flies can lay so many eggs on an animal carcass that it is transformed into a squirming mass of maggots when the eggs hatch. This dreadful sight is really indication of a beneficial insect - the larvae help clean our world of dead animals.

Flesh flies, sometimes called meat flies. Flesh flies are 2-3 times larger than house flies, are gray in color and have a checkerboard pattern on the top of their abdomen. Flesh flies have three black stripes on the top of their thorax. They have large pair of orange eyes. They are very close to the Blowfly family but none of them are in metallic colour.



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Hello Jitti!
Great pov and framing indeed! Details just great and i like that diagonal green sword. bg is blurry and looks nice too.

Yes, this is breeding time for most creatures, JC, and there are plenty pictures of this act at this time of the year I guess.
Excellent shot of these mating flesh flies. I see the female is bigger than the male.
Very good point of view, focus and colours.

Excellent close-up porn shot :)

Graphic detail, the S3 looks like a great little camera.
Excellent composition and sharpness.
Well done Jitti.

Hello Jitti, excllent Job, perfet details excllent colors, Excllent macro, TFs Kyle

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-02 18:25]

Hi Jitti
Great close-up of this lovers. Good shrpnes, details and POV.
Well done jitti


Hi JC,
Great details and fine colours, my friend!
I like the strong diagonal in your composition, well balanced and DOF spot on!
Pablo -

hi jitti
vous avez su capter cet accouplement avec beaucoup de brio.une bonne netteté et de bons details.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-03 7:10]

Hello Jitti,
Great macro shot, great detail and good vibrant colours. DOF is perfect, I'm always amazed by the DOF at large apertures on compacts. I like the background too, nicely defocused and natural vegetation. Great work!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-08-04 3:56]

Hello Jitti,
Lovely capture.POV,clear details,cross framing and compositon are wonderful.Excellent work!

Totally gross flies but a good capture! Maybe slightly over-sharpened, it looks quite grainy.

Hi Jitti !
All the insects are in love now ! You have captured these two very icely, with excellent details, even the little hairs are sharp. Natural colors, beautiful composition and POV, excellent DOF. Very well done !

Hi Jetti
Belle presentation ,les couleurs et la nettetée sont très bonnes, belle composition
J'apprécie ces scêne entre les insectes
au revoir et merci....JP

Love your notes.
Splendid register.
Sharp focusing, well composed and presented.
Best regards,

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