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Black is black

Black is black
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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: 2006-08-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8700
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): PGMONI [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-21 15:07
Viewed: 3684
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Anthrax anthrax, a rather peculiar fly(Diptera, family Bombylidae).
Its biology is very complex and specialized. The eggs are laid close to the nest of a solitary bee (in the ground). The worm-like tiny first stage Anthrax larva crawls into the nest, seeks and finds the developing grub of the bee, moults and eats its host. The next Anthrax stage, the nymph, is very tough, mobile and armed with a number of very hard spines. It uses those spines as a perforating tool to excavate a tunnel towards the surface of the ground. Once in the open, the final very frail adult fly emerges from the nymph skin... the word Anthrax means "coal-black"

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Philippe what a marvelous Note to go with this very interesting shot!!! I could not fly-by.

The detail of the 3-D effect on the wings is outstanding. Tfs, Jay.

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