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Mating 4

Mating 4
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Copyright: duy my (duymy) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 35] (488)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-02-23
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/25.0, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-23 3:54
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Points: 6
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Stilt Legged Fly (Rainieria antennaepes)
Ruồi chn c kheo

Family: Micropezidae

Subfamily: Taeniapterinae

This species of Stilt-legged fly can be found throughout southern Vietnam, especially in buffer zones Nam Cat Tien National Park area of ​​tropical rain forest . I took this picture in my small garden near the Nam Cat Tien National Park in Dong Nai Vietnam

Rainieria antennaepes is the only Nearctic species in the genus.

One trait that separates genus Rainiera from related genera is the bare arista. Note that this is only true in the Nearctic; some Neotropical Rainieria have plumose arista.

The specific epithet translates as "antennae feet," and refers to the habit of holding the front legs aloft so that they look like antennae. This aids the species' wasp mimicry.

The Stilt-legged Flies constitute a small family of large flies with extremely long legs. Larvae are saprophages, meaning they feed on decaying matter, and adults occur in woodlands.

Awfully thin and not sizable at all, theyre still pretty darn neat. They spend a great deal of time waving their front feet around in front of them as if conducting an orchestra. With those little white booties, this habit makes them easily locatable.

They are odd little flies, known for their displaying behavior of walking around and lifting their prominently marked front legs. The posture of the forelegs may imitate ant and/or wasp antennae and provide them with some protection from predators.

The mating is often longer than 30 minutes with the "climax" testament to the enjoyment of sex that the Creator has given to all species, even low-level animals such as flies.

This Image was shot with Canon 50D + Macro 100mm2.8.

Camera Model: Canon EOS 50D
Image Date: 2011-02-23
Focal Length: 100.0mm
Aperture: f/25.0
Exposure Time: 0.0080 s (1/125)
ISO equiv: 800
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure Mode: Manual
White Balance: Auto

Mating for survival of the species is one of the most basic activities of the insects. Mating have many different ways depending on different species. I hope the view through my camera will bring up something interesting for you!

Thank you for your viewing and comments!

Best regard


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Hi Duymy,

What an interesting array of startling images you have presented us with the last couple of days,

Fabulously stunning pictures you have shared with us,
and as for today's image, well nothing short of perfect, well done Duymy and congratulations,


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-03-23 6:13]

Beautiful mating image of these flies, good colors. Too much black border. tfs.

Hallo Duymy
Wow, this is 1st class photography! It is a great macro and the what a moment you captured! The details are spectacular, the colours beautiful, the angle in which you have captured it just right and the composition pleasant. Thanks for sharing. I was just wondering when I are you going to start in sharing your thoughts about the fellow-members work by way of stopping by and leaving a critique at their image? Just wondering? I must admit I agree with Nagraj about the border. Best regards.

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