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Soldier Fly

Soldier Fly
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-08-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-04-30 7:44
Viewed: 1093
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yet another picture from my archives of 2013.

The soldier flies (Stratiomyidae) are a family of flies historically placed in the now-obsolete group Orthorrhapha. The family contains over 2,700 species in over 380 extant genera worldwide. Adults are found near larval habitats, which are found in a wide array of locations, mostly in wetlands, damp places in soil, sod, under bark, in animal excrement and in decaying organic matter. Stratiomyinae is a different sub group that tends to have an affinity to aquatic environments.They are diverse in size and shape, though they commonly are partly or wholly metallic green, or somewhat wasp-like mimics, marked with black and yellow or green and sometimes metallic. They are often rather inactive flies which typically rest with their wings placed one above the other over the abdomen.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-04-30 9:47]

Waaw Ram,what a macro!! A very small fly in a very professional shot,the sharpness is fantastic,you were a great photographer 4 years ago....ahahaah...have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Ram

Great macro, from the angle you took the photo,
with diagonally framing, great DOF and contrast
it gives dynamism to the image, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-05-01 18:47]

Hello Ram,
What an amazing macro shot of this beautiful soldier fly. The detail and clarity is stunning to say the least and your exposure is perfect. The metallic green body is a real eye catcher. Great job!!

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