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Copyright: Philippe Moniotte (pgmoni) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 343 W: 100 N: 637] (2769)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D800, Nikkor 105mm f2.8D micro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-02-13 3:27
Viewed: 1294
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A conopid fly (Thick-headed Fly) Myopa tesselatipennis.
Like all the members of its family, it's a parasite of bees and wasps - more specially of Bumblebees in this case.
The female lays an egg into a bumblebee in flight !
The host dies within two weeks.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-02-14 13:05]

Hello Philippe,
An attractive and well detailed macro image of this rather unusual species of fly. I read your notes and found them very interesting. I then had to look up this particular type of parasitic insect on the web to find out more about it and it's fascinating life style. Focus is sharp, colors are well saturated and exposure couldn't be any better. Thank you for sharing this image and very educational notes!!

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