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Tachina fera

Tachina fera
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Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM, (digital), No Filter
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-05 6:42
Viewed: 3240
Points: 8
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Tachina fera (Lat)
Tachinid fly (Eng)
Tachinaire sauvage (Fr)

Tachina fera is a large (9 to 16 mm) and bristly fly (in the genus Tachina of the family Tachinidae) with a prominent broad black stripe down the centre of an otherwise orange abdomen. It is found across Europe. It can often be seen in moist and well vegetated locations where it feeds on umbellifers and waterside plants. It can be seen from May to September. Larvae are parasites of caterpillars and other young insects (afflicted species include Ceramica pisi, Cosmia trapezina, Orthosia cruda and Orthosia cerasi). The adult deposit eggs on leaves. The larva hatch out, and remains motionless, waiting until a caterpillar passes into its range. Death occurs if it doesn't happen within 10 days. If it does the larva balances itself until touching the prey. Then it digs a hole in order to penetrate inside. It first eats blood of its victim. Then it injects sufficient saliva to liquify the internal organs, which it eats quickly. After metamorphose of the fly, only an empty skin remains from the caterpillar. The tachinid fly flies away.

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Camera Model Canon EOS 50D
Firmware Firmware Version 1.0.7
Shooting Date/Time 02/08/2010 13:49:13
Shooting Mode Aperture-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/125
Av( Aperture Value ) 9.0
Metering Mode Spot Metering
Exposure Compensation 0
ISO Speed 800
Auto ISO Speed OFF
Lens EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Focal Length 100.0mm
Image Size 4752x3168
Image Quality RAW
Flash Off
FE lock OFF
White Balance Mode Auto
AF Mode AI Servo AF
Picture Style Standard
Sharpness 3
Contrast 0
Saturation 0
Color tone 0
Color Space sRGB
Long exposure noise reduction 0:Off
High ISO speed noise reduction 0:Standard
Highlight tone priority 0:Disable
Auto Lighting Optimizer 0:Standard
Peripheral illumination correction Disable
File Size 20761KB
Dust Delete Data No
Drive Mode Low-speed continuous shooting
Live View Shooting OFF

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Hello JeanMarie,
WOW! ... This really is a great macro of a fly! ... good work, excellent detail, good POV, very eloquent! TFS, Regards, Jesús

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2010-08-05 8:16]

Bonjour JeanMarie,
you show an impressive macrofoto of the fly. Highest sharpness is just on the large compound eye.
Best wishes, Peter

hello JeanMarie
super picture with great details and good sharpness
beautiful colours and good pose to see this fly very good
greeting lou

Ciao JeanMarie. Very good close up with narutal colours and soft environment.


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