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Copyright: Malgosia Bisinska (liziafa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 399 W: 0 N: 346] (1231)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS350D/Digital Rebel XT, Industar 2,8/50mm, RAW ISO 200, Extension Tube
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-03 7:14
Viewed: 5164
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Valley Sluzewiecka, Canon 350D + Industar 2,8/50mm

The fly life cycle is composed of four stages: egg, larva (commonly known as a maggot), pupa, adult. The eggs are laid in decaying flesh, animal dung, manure,
or pools of stagnant water - whatever has ample food
for the larva.

Some types of maggots found on corpses can be of
great use to forensic scientists. By their stage of development, these maggots can be used to give an indication of the time elapsed since death, as well
as the place the organism died. The size of the house fly maggot is 9.5-19.1mm (3/8 to 3/4 inch). At the height of the summer season, a generation of flies
(egg to adult) may be produced in 12-14 days.

Maggot identification uses a classification called "Instar" stages. An instar I is about 2-5 mm long; instar II 6-14 mm; instar III 15-20 mm. These measure about 2-3 days, 3-4 days, and 4-6 days (for average house flies or bottle flies) since the eggs were laid. By use of this data, plus other signs, the approximate time since death can be estimated by forensic scientists.

Various maggots cause damage in agricultural crop production, including root maggots in rapeseed and midge maggots in wheat. Some maggots are leaf miners.

Maggots are bred commercially, as a popular bait in angling, and a food for carnivourous pets such as reptiles or birds. Due to the increasing popularity of maggots, a maggot vending machine has been installed in the English county town of Northampton.

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Hello Malgosia,
Very nice closeup of these VERY tiny subjects. Excellent exposure, color, and sharp detail, on a lovely OOF green BG.
Love has landed..and it's on the fly :)
Very well done and TFS!

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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2006-06-03 8:16]

Superb macro shot!
I'm amazed that you can achieve such dof with f5,6 - ypu must have some magic secret..



Co tu duzo pisac... widac wszystko... MISTRZOWSKIE! Wszystko na TAK!!!
Doskonaly warsztat!!

Pozdrowka :-)

Hello Malgosia,

amazing shot great POV....gives an metallic look

even i do have some mating shots...would really like to know what you have to say to that....please visit my gallery if you can spare some time.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-03 12:49]

Hi Malgosia, excellent macro. Brilliant details, colours and exposure. Love is certainly in the air. Well done and TFS.

Looks like flies are having a heck of a time these days world over!
Wonderful macro with great POV, focus and details, Malgosia.

Bonjour Malgosia,
very precise shot, maybe too short DOF, but very interresting anyway. I wonder how these flies didn't see you with so many eyes? They were really busy... Congratulations!

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-06-03 16:14]

Hi Malgosia
Great macro shot. Great details, sharpnes, colours, light, DOF and POV. Also good note.
Well done


Excellent macro. Although I do feel like getting out the fly swat!
well done

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-04 2:48]

Ah l'amour, toujours l'amour ;-) It is a wonderful macro, the sharpness seems a bit soft but it gives a nice effect here... Good BG and exposure.
Congratulations Malgosia and thanks for sharing.

Hi Malgosia,
Amazing macro shot, you have captured some intricate detail. I love the green OOF backround. Looks great!

magnifique macro,details netteté couleurs et BG impeccable.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-05 7:05]

Hello Malgosia,
Excellent close up.Well caught,framed and composed.POV,sharpness and details are also wonderful.

wonderful double-fly-shot, malgosia! :-)
superb details and pov with a good blurred and
green bg.
i find the eyes and hair are really fascinating, good job!
well done & take care, thor.

Hi Malgosia,
there seems to be a deeply rooted prejudice in human heads that common house flies are ugly - maybe because they have some preferences to share with us. I am not an exception, I find it hard to consider a close-up of two flies engaged in sex a pleasant sight. But the way you picture them looks very noble, and makes these flies look just a bit different: Well focussed on the eyes and front legs - and the tender and determined grip of the male on his female lover's head, the rest of the loving bodies softly fading in a gentle falloff of sharpness. Tastefully subdued colours of red and brown hues stand in front of a distant and neutral green background that makes the lovers appear powerful and attractive.
Interesting and unusual presentation of an everday insect - thank you for that! Best regards -

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-06-06 23:12]

Hi Malgosia.
Wonderful capture, excellent details colors and contrast,the color and contrast is perfect, FANTASTIC MACRO.


Witaj Malgosia,
Swietna fotka! Perfekcyjny POV i kadr, bardzo dobra ostrosc. Super uchwysony bardzo interesujacy moment.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-06-07 12:08]

Great capture Malgosia, very sharp and well exposed. Lovely, thanks.


Excellent work BG makes subject stand out nice and sharp. Never seen fly sex before... even more reasons not to leave sugar out.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-08 14:31]

Herllo Malgosia,
excellent macro. Great details excellent pose. Sharpness, POV and colors are excellent.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-06-09 1:18]

Hello Malgosia!
Amazing macro showing excelent sharp details and colours on a nice green BG! Well done capture!

Bonjour Malgosia
C'est Une merveilleuse photo en macro que ce Joli couple d'insectes qui font l'amour, Très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et le BG et les détails sont tous très bons.
Bravo et merci...JP

Hello Malgosia!
Very close shot! Great details, pov and bg! I like the eyes of them, has great colours! Thank you and best regards...

Ups! How close can it bee. very good closeup photo. I send you one of my other favorittes..Take a look. Nearly the same... but your photo are a bit more clos and very sharp. Nice job! Here the link
More love photo

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-16 5:37]

Hi Malgosia,
This is superb. The details are perfect, great textures, colours and the light is just fantastic. I'm guessing you under-exposed this, the exposure combined with the muted light adds so much atmosphere to the picture. The ultra-shallow DOF is right on the limit I think, you've retained those spiky hairs on the body which is an important part of the insect. Really a great shot.

Hi Malgosia,
Excellent macro, but love or sex? :-)
Thanks For Sharing, regards.

Getting ths kind of shots with so low speed and without flash is difficult. You used very well the ultra short DOF here. Interesting note too. Thanks!

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-07-09 5:26]

This is lovely caTCH..nice pov&details.

Ooops.. another one... are you an insect porn director? :)

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-07-15 14:08]

Hi Malgosia !
Excellent close-up on these tny flies ! Your timing was perfect ! Details, colors, composition, POV, DOF, everything is excellent here, it's an amazing shot ! Very well done !

Hi, Malgosia.
Fantastic episode. Good exposure and color. Nice BG.

......Love, always every where ;)
Good shot Malgosia.

Hello Malgosia,
wonderful focus
great details and sharpness
i like green background too

Great macro shot Friend! TFS. Cheers,

Witam po raz trzeci :)
Tym razem bardziej romantyczna kompozycja :) I kto by pomyslal, ot takie "zwykle muchy" a moge tak fajnie wygladac ;) Oczywiscie jako entomolo nie traktuje owadow na zasadzie lepsze-gorsze, ale zawsze to fajnie ogladac dobre i interesujace zdjecia, takie jak to :)
A na marginesie, zapraszam tutaj, 3 zdjecia troszke innych gatunkow owadow w milosnym uniesieniu ;)
Pozdrawiam serdecznie!

PS. Wielkie dzieki za te wszystkie komentarze do moich fotek!!! :>

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