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Help! Diptera...

Help! Diptera...
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Copyright: Alan Cassidy (accassidy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro EX DG HSM, Digital ISO 1600, 72mm UV
Exposure: f/16, 1/180 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-28 5:01
Viewed: 4228
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
ID Help Appreciated

Here is an Andean fly of some sort, with a particularly spiky body. If anyone can narrow down the identification of the insect, I would be very grateful.

It was captured in the Bellavista cloud forest reserve at around 2,300n elevation on the western slope of the Andes. The camera was hand held, with fill-in flash and a fast film setting. It was a dull time of day.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-02-28 5:20]

Cann't help with the ID but very beautiful species with interesting color and spikes, well captured with high ISO setting, hope somebody Id this beauty. tfs.

hello Alan
very nice details and beautiful colours of this fly
great shot Alan
greeting lou

HI alan,

Outstanding macro shot!
Good POV & great sharpness.
Welldone & TFS.


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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2011-03-02 12:11]

Hi Alan,

nice and fearsome fly. It is a species of the Tachinidae family according to the bristle pattern shows. Tachinid are parasitic flie, thea lay their eggs on all kinds of living hosts.

best regards

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2011-03-02 15:21]

It looks like Adejeania sp.
I have seen some similar species over here.
Great luminosity, sharp and well detailed image.

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