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Mating Flesh Flies

Mating Flesh Flies
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro + 1.4x Converter, Digital ISO-200, Kood 72mm UV filter
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-22 8:00
Viewed: 3104
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's a shot from Summer of a pair of Flesh Flies :-)

I hope you like it!

Flies of the Diptera family Sarcophagidae (from the Greek sarco- = flesh, phage = eating; the same roots as the word "sarcophagus") are 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.


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Well,if nothing else,I guess these guys have pretty orange eyes.
Nice detail and DOF here Joe.

Hi Joe, amazing maiting couple with wonderful red eyes, great macro with splendid details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-22 13:14]

Hi Joe

I'm so very much looking forward to shoot such macros, too!
I've ordered a Sigma 150mm macro and i've had a Kenko 2x TC that i haven't been using...together they should me a strong "weapon" :)
Anyway, excellent shot here!
The magnification is terrific and the details you managed to get by using this big DOF is great. I particularly like their eyes that stand out so well from this scene.
Good use of the flash here as well.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Joe,
Amazing orange eyes. I guess if you would study pathology you would get very familiar with these guys, especially ages of their larvae etc. Very good close-up capture of action; good POV, composition, fine sharp details.
Cheers and greeting from Finland!

hi Joe

At your age, you are very promising to take notice of such array of nature's subjects and doing a good job of photographing them.

This is a great moment to capture as close up to show the flies in rare position and you have them head on. Good sharpness and color. The converter works well.

Impressive work.

tfs, bill

Hi Joe,
to be honest, this is not your best shot with the sigma macro-lens but it was taken in May and I have seen much better since.
The flash has given a to hard light and the contrast is also to high. It's not easy to use the flash for a fill in but take a look at Howard's macros he use the fill-in as master.
But the composition and POV are nice and the details are pretty good too.

The orange eyes of Flesh Flies are their most attractive feature, Joe, and you have shown this very well in this shot.
Apparently, the female of this species is bigger than the male.
Thanks for sharing this excellent shot.
Also, Merry Christmas!

Hi Joe

What amazing coloured eyes they have, positively evil.
Good composition and sharpness.

Hope you and your family have a safe and happy festive season.


A fine double-capture, regarding the viewpoint of those flies trying to propagate their breeds Joe, you have masterfully isolated their startling eyes here my friend, TFS indeed!

Bonito trabajo con un acertado formato. La luz del flash hizo que sus ojos se asemejen más bien a algún ser extraterrestre jajaja pero también contribye a una toma muy especial por sus contrastes y colorido.
Un saludo: J.Ignasi.

Hello Joe,
Great macro with such a small flesh flies!
the subject is sharp with great colour and superb details
well done

Hi Owlman:),

A paparazzi shot from you:) Excellent macro of this mating pair in a fine composition with wonderful POV/DOF and nice details.



Hi Joe,
Suburp macroshot from this mating flies.
Exellent details with beautiful colours.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-24 12:22]

Hello Joe,
Great macro of a pair of mating Flesh Flies with fine sharpness on their head and thorax and super views of their red eyes.
Nice one from the summer.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year full of great nature photos,

Excellent flesh fly fest Joe..Say that 10 times fast :)
Love the details here & those red eyes are amazing!
Merry Christmas!

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