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Flesh-fly (Sarcophagidae)

Flesh-fly (Sarcophagidae)
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Copyright: Jesus Linares (jlinaresp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1303 W: 56 N: 4023] (17292)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D3100, Tokina AT-X 100 Pro-D Macro
Exposure: f/16, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-06 14:02
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Flesh-fly (Sarcophagidae)

Hello friends in TN!...This is a huge fly very similar to houseflies but much bigger! It is common to find this fly in my plants, especially when ripe oranges on the trees.

Greetings and hugs to all!


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Section: Schizophora
Superfamily: Oestroidea
Family:Sarcophagidae Haliday, 1853

General:Flies of the Diptera family Sarcophagidae (from the Greek σάρκο sarco- = flesh, φάγε 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.

Members of the subfamily Sarcophaginae are medium-sized flies with black and gray longitudinal stripes on the thorax and checkering on the abdomen.

abdominal sternites II and III are free and cover the margins of tergites.

the posthumeral bristles are 1-2 in number, the outermost pair missing.

the presutural bristle is located lower than the notopleural bristle and closer to the notopleural bristle than to the outermost posthumeral bristle.

the presutural bristle is located higher than or level with the posthumeral bristle.

hindmost posthumeral bristle located even with or toward midline from presutural bristle.

four notopleural bristles are present and arranged in the order - short, long, short, long - from front to rear.

vein M1 +2 (anterior transverse vein, medial vein 1+2 ) is always present and cubitulus is strongly bent at right angles or acute;vein Rs is 2-branched

the eyes are smooth and very rarely hairy

the arista is plumose in its basal half, rarely pubescent or glabrous.

The species of the family Calliphoridae , whose major characters show their affiliation to Cyclorrhapha , Schizophora or Calyptratae , have the metal body blue, green or black, the arista plumose along its length, two notopleural bristles, and the posthumeral bristle located laterally with respect to the pres utural bristle.

The family contains three subfamilies, the Miltogramminae, the Paramacronychiinae and the Sarcophaginae, containing between them 108 genera. Flesh-flies are quite closely related to the family Calliphoridae, which belongs to the same (large) infraorder, the Muscomorpha and includes species such as the blowfly that have similar habits to the flesh-flies. There are ~2500 species in this family.

Sarcophaginae The majority of species in the large genus Sarcophaga are scavengers of small carrion such as dead insects and snails or smaller vertebrates. A few species feed on larger vertebrate carcases. Flesh-fly maggots occasionally eat other larvae although this is usually because the other larvae are smaller and get in the way. Flesh-flies and their larvae are also known to eat decaying vegetable matter and excrement and they may be found around compost piles and pit latrines.

Miltogramminae Members of this subfamily are kleptoparasites of solitary bees and solitary wasps.

Paramacronychiinae This subfamily includes lepidopteran predators or parasitoids (Agria), predators on immatures (mainly prepupae) of bumble bees (Brachycoma) and generalist scavengers and insect predators (Sarcophila and Wohlfahrtia)

About this shot:
Model: NIKON D3100
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time: 10/2000 sec
F-Stop: f/16.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 100 mm
Date Taken: 2012-04-04 10:47
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Flash: Flash fired, compulsory flash mode, return light not detected
File Size: 202 kb

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-04-06 14:13]

Hello Jesus,
this macro is simply fantastic! All is perfect: sharpness,detail, light, colours, background.
Regards . Buona Pasqua a te e a tutti i tuoi familiari

Hello Jesus,
great capture of this Flesh Fly with perfect sharpness and good use of flash. I especially like the incredible details and the beautiful colours.
Best wishes amd Happy Easter,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-04-06 14:17]

Hello Jesus,
What a perfection! Sharpness, details, use of flash, colours, POV, DOF and composition, it all looks great!
Happy Easter,

Hello Jesús

Great POV & DOF, superb focus sharpness and details,
excellent contrast of the color tones, TFS


It maybe a small and ordinary and not particularly adorable but you did a great macro work here friend Jesus. Spectacular macro shot indeed! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Ciao Jesus, favolosi dettagli per questa mosca dai fantasticio occhi rossi, macro di gran qualità, come tuo solito, bravissimo, un caro augurio di Buona Pasqua a te e famiglia, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-04-07 1:16]

Hello Jesus.
Excellent macro shot.It's very close and well detailed.POV,sharpness and exposure are also wonderful.Happy Easter!Best regards Siggi

Hola Jesus,
Excelente macro con una nitidez impresionante.
Saludos y buen fin de semana

Hi Jesus,
really interesting macro shot. Many details. Great sharpness. Perfect composition.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-04-07 6:24]

fine closeup and very good details and colors. tfs.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-04-07 6:40]

Hello Jesus,
An ugly one, but excellently photographed. Even a fly can be an interesting creature for macrophotography. Sharpness, composition are at top level.
Happy Easter to you and your family
Kind regards

GREAT macro Jesus! Interesting subject, excellent composition and fantastic colors. The sharpness for one more time is impressive.

hello Jesus'
super good sharpness and great details
the colours and light are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-07 15:31]

Ciao Jesus,una vera esecuzione da gran maestro della fotografia,hai trasformato una semplice mosca in uno spettacolo eccezzionale,una qualita' davvero straordinaria!! Complimenti e Buona Pasqua a te e famiglia,Luciano

Hello Jesus,
Incredible details......fantastic sharpness and natural colors. You camera works with amazing accuracy.....like full frame models. I wonder how the new D 800 works ??

Hello Jesús.
I have of this fly captured and might want to upload some times later. I like your macro work and that strong glass you are working on is amazing.
Lovely details and good use of flash bringing out the stunning details.
Thanks and have a great Sunday.

Ciao Jesus. Dettaglio e nitidezza impressionanti. Ottima resa dei colori. Super profondità di campo.


Hello Jesus,
A Fantastic macro with equally fantastic details, almost metallic!! Beautiful contrasting colours, POV and DOF.
Best regards,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-05-15 14:48]

Hello Jesus,
Even though I grew up hating flies I must admit, when you see one like this, it gives you a whole new appreciation of their uniqueness.
Awesome detail and gorgeous natural coloration. Exposure couldn't be any finer and you managed to capture some excellent DOF. Great work!!

Hello Jesus,
This is a very impressive macro of this fly! wonderful details, great point of view and nice natural colours, a superb work!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

Hello Jesús,
Incredible macro shot. Beautiful details on the fly, unbeatable shallow DoF, great lights and colors. Absolutely perfect job about a fly which is "very similar to houseflies but much bigger". Bravo.
Have a prosperous new year, and at the same time I hope you'll return to TN soon. Friendly regards, László

Superb capture !!! Nice macro..............

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