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Copyright: kapil koltharkar (kapildk) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 181 W: 32 N: 502] (3197)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon coolpix L110
Exposure: f/4.5
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-23 23:25
Viewed: 2088
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Flesh flies: 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.

Biology: Flesh-fly maggots occasionally eat other larvae although this is usually because the other larvae are smaller and get in the way. They also eat the larvae of grasshoppers and also eat beetles, snails, and caterpillars, especially the forest tent caterpillar. This habit can be useful for biological control.[citation needed] 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.

Flesh-flies, being viviparous, frequently give birth to live young on corpses of human and other animals, at any stage of decomposition from recently dead through to bloated or decaying (though the latter is more common).

The life cycle of flesh-fly larvae has been well researched and is very predictable. Different species prefer bodies in different states of decomposition, and the specific preferences and predictable life cycle timings allows forensic entomologists to understand the progress of decomposition and enables the calculation of the time of death by back extrapolation. This is done by determining the oldest larva of each species present, measuring the ambient temperature and from these values, calculating the earliest possible date and time for deposition of larvae. This yields an approximate time and date of death (d.o.d.) This evidence can be used in forensic entomology investigations and may assist in identification of a corpse by matching the calculated time of death with reports of missing persons. Such evidence has also been used to help identify murderers.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-10-24 0:37]

Lovely pair of flies mating here, the greens are very good, so cool for their romance. tfs.

Ciao Kapil, great macro of lovely maiting couple on a beautiful blurry BG, excellent sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-10-24 2:41]

Hello Kapil,
definitely an exciting one.So difficult to get this shot. very lively, sharp and special. well done nice moment.


Hello Kapil,
Another lovely macro with such impressive colors and details.
The exposure, light focus and POV are splendid.

Excellent shot of mating Flesh Flies, Kapil.
You are doing well for India at the moment.
However, I'm worried about thousands of zero score Indians on TN.
They are inflating the image of this website meaninglessly.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-10-24 8:48]

Hi Kapil,
Excellent macro work.Composition and light are very good.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Kapil
Great macro with excellent composition and wonderful soft lighting.

Bonjour Kapil,
belle image de ces deux mouches dans une position ...
Belles couleurs et excellente netteté.

Hi Kapil,
great sharpness of this excellent macro shot. Amazing colours. Many details. Perfect point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

hello Kapil
a other good picture with many details and good sharpness
thecolours are very good
thanks greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-24 10:45]

Hello Kapil,
What a great moment and lovely POV. The composition is excellent.Best regartds Siggi

Hello Kapil,
Great timing and excellent intimate moment captured in this image. I also like the colours, details and POV. Well done!

An excellent composition from a good point of view. very nice green background highlighting the insects. regards yiannis

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-24 14:53]

Hi Kapil,a great macro of a great moment,magnificent sharpness,details and colors,a very professional work!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

Hallo Kapil,
a very good macro, good sharpness and marvellous colours, excellent point of view
Best regards

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-10-28 6:09]

Hi Kapil!
Great timing: congratulations! Very good focus and superb details. Excellent contrast against the blurred BG.
Well done.
Ciao! Vanda

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