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Tephritid fruit fly

Tephritid fruit fly
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-20 10:14
Viewed: 3714
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The size to approx. 4-5 mm.

Tephritidae is one of two fly families referred to as "fruit flies." Tephritidae does not include the biological model organisms of the genus Drosophila (Drosophilidae), which is often called the "common fruit fly". There are nearly 5,000 described species of tephritid fruit fly, categorized in almost 500 genera. Description, recategorization, and genetic analysis are constantly changing the taxonomy of this family. To distinguish them from the Drosophilidae, the Tephritidae are sometimes called peacock flies, in reference to their elaborate, and colorful markings.
Tephritid fruit flies are of major importance in agriculture. Some have negative effects, some positive. Various species of fruit fly cause damage to fruit and other plant crops. The genus Bactrocera is of worldwide notoriety for its destructive impact on agriculture. The olive fruit fly (B. oleae), for example, feeds on only one plant: the wild or commercially cultivated olive, Olea europaea. It has the capacity to ruin 100% of an olive crop by damaging the fruit. On the other hand, some fruit flies are used as agents of biological control, thereby reducing the populations of pest species.
Several species of the fruit fly genus Urophora are questionable in their effectiveness as control agents against rangeland-destroying noxious weeds such as starthistles and knapweeds.
Most fruit flies lay their eggs in plant tissues, where the larvae find their first food upon emerging. The adults usually have a very short lifespan. Some live for less than a week.
The behavioral ecology of tephritid fruit flies is of great interest to biologists. Some fruit flies have extensive mating rituals or territorial displays. Many are brightly colored and visually showy. Some fruit flies show Batesian mimicry, bearing the colors and markings of dangerous insects such as wasps because it helps the fruit flies to avoid predators, even though the flies lack stingers.(Wikipedia)

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Ciao Siegfried. Good details for the fly trought amazing shades.


hello Siegfried
very good macro
with great sharpness and good details
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-20 10:40]

Hello Siggi,
Very nice photo of this fruit fly. A pity that the wings aren't sharp. But the focus on the head is good. Beautiful natural colours. Nice diagonal composition.

Hello Siegfried,

another great macro picture from you.
Good pov and details, razor sharp with fine colours.


Very clear on the upper thorax and head. My what big eyes it has! The subdued colours work for me!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-09-20 11:01]

Hi Siggi,
Excellent macro shot of this fruit flies, great sharpness and very fine colorful details, TFS!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-09-20 11:38]

Hi Siegfried.
I like your style. So art close-up. Blurriness which surrounds the fly is simply amazing. Lights and colour palette are very unique. Delicate and pleasant for look. At the same time details of the fly are excellent too. Composition of the shot also is the most impressive component of the shot. Well done and best regards.

Ciao Siggi, great macro of this fly with wonderful red eyes, fine details and splendid sharpness I like a lot, ciao Silvio

Hi Siegfried. Excellent macro capture.. Details and composition first class!
Kind regards,

Hello Siggi,
Wondeful macro taken with great details and excellent sharpness. Well done!

Hello Siegfried,
Interesting capture of this tiny Tephritidae (maybe Tephritis sp.?) Nice composition and colours. Cheers,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-09-20 12:37]

Hallo Siegfried,
Very beautiful close up.Well caught,framed and composed.I liked lighting and DOF a lot.Have a great week!
Than ks for posting..

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-20 12:50]

Hello Siggi,
A superb macro of this small Tephritid fly. The sharpness and DOF are excellent for such a small subject and the POV together with the composition make this a fine portrait of this species.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hi MF Siggi!

Welcome back! Nice diagonal placement of this pretty looking fruit fly. Good sharpness, with nice extreme shallow DOF to blur the background.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


Hello Siegfried,
Perect shot with superb colours, details and sharpness. Outstanding focus
and details.

Hi Siggi

Pity the wings are not in focus, but nice sharpness on teh head and wings. A strange looking fly with good details.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-09-20 15:58]

Hi Siggi,

A wonderful close-up of this fruit fly with the huge eyes. Details are super sharp and we can see the wings are moving slightly. I love the sepia effect and the marvelous diagonal composition.


Hi Siegfried,
A lovely capture of this beautiful fruit fly. Very good sharp details and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-09-21 4:51]

Lieber Siegfried,
Dies Bild gefällt mir sehr wegen der feinen Farbgebung und auch wegen des dargestellten Insekts, das eher selten gezeigt wird, nicht zuletzt, weil es so klein ist. Sieht es nicht putzig aus? Schlichte und subtile Darstellung.
Mit herzlichem Dank

Hello Siegfried,
great capture with details and sharpness perfect. A beautiful image. Regards, Paolo

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