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A mummified one

A mummified one
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Copyright: Paulo Tcr (tcr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 8 N: 551] (3338)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 1000D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, close-up lens +4x
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-05-31 19:08
Viewed: 4050
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Stilt-legged flies.


The Micropezidae are a moderate-sized family of acalyptrate muscoid flies in the insect order Diptera, comprising about 500 species in about 50 genera and 5 subfamilies worldwide, (except New Zealand and Macquarie Island). They are most diverse in tropical and subtropical habitats, especially in the Neotropical Region.

Insects in this family are commonly called stilt-legged flies, after their characteristically long legs. The fore legs are markedly smaller than the other pairs. Mostly they are long-bodied, often black flies, usually with infuscated (darkened) wings. Wings are reduced in the genera Calycopteryx and entirely absent in the ant-like Badisis ambulans.
Some species, much the same as in the strongylophthalmyiid genus, Strongylophthalmyia, mimic ants; others mimic wasps and are especially similar in appearance to some ichneumonid wasps. Species of the genus Anaeropsis have stalked eyes.

Little is known of the larval habits, but they are probably phytophagous or saprophagous. Larvae of certain Mimegralla species have been found to live in the roots of ginger and other plants, under the bark of dead trees or in other decaying material. Adults are either predaceous on small insects (for example Calobata in Britain) or are attracted to excrement or decaying fruit.

Many species (for example those of genus Mimegralla) are known for their habit of standing motionless while waving their prominently marked front legs in front of their head, a behavior which contributes to their mimicry of wasps. At least one species of Metopochetus (M. curvus) was observed to wave its hindlegs instead, though these are not conspicuously colored.

Fossil record.
Several fossil species have been found in Baltic amber, probably from the Late Eocene (about 36 million years old). However, most were washed onto beaches after wearing from Tertiary strata, making their age uncertain. Two fossil genera are presently recognized, Cypselosomatites Hennig, 1965 and the advanced Electrobata Hennig, 1965 which may be more than one genus however.


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Hola Paulo

Vaya este es la primera vez que lo veo, has conseguido una imagen estupenda, con gran nitidez.

Un saludo Antonio

Very eye pleasing macro with sufficient dept of field and impeccable sharpness Paulo! If you for give me I did some level adjustments in order to remove the blue-cyan cast in the image. Good job again! What is that white substance around the insect abdomen?
George Veltchev

Hi paulo,
The first time I see
a kind of very beautiful ..
Best wishes,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-06-01 0:01]

Hello Paulo,
this is a great macro shot! Good focus, great detail and very nice colours.
Best regards Siggi

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-06-01 0:17]

Beautiful species and interesting situation, captured well with fine viewpoint. tfs.

Ciao Paulo, great macro of strange fly, I never see before, thanks, fine details, splendid colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-06-01 6:10]

Hello Paulo,
Your macro work is flawless Paulo, giving extremely beautiful images such as this one to view. Great work, thank you for sharing.

Olá Paulo,
Certamente uma mosca interessante, não parece ter sido similar aqui na Venezuela. O POV é muito bom para apreciar toda a extensão desse inseto. Além disso, você terá atingido um nível de contraste e luz muito louvável.
A que se deve dizer, é mumificado? ... é por isso que a cobertura parcial? ... O que é isso?
Saudações, Obrigado por compartilhar

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