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|In the sunshine, this little fellow looks like it's made of gold. The face, especially, is like a gold mask ... hence my (catchy ?) title.|
A Tachinid fly, Eliozeta helluo, male. The female is less brightly colored. 9 mm.
Tachinids in this sub-family (Phasiinae)are parasites of various true bugs (Hemiptera)
This species is quite rare in Belgium, but its range is known to be expanding gradually northward as climate warms up. This is perhaps the first shot of this species taken in Belgium, although a specimen exists in the Natural History Museum collection in Brussels.
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Nice image of this wonderful fly you are showing us here.
Lovely colors and good use of DOF.
The image is a bit soft though and also looks a little over exposed.
I did rework the image in photoshop.
Hope you like it.
Have a great weekend,