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Fly style Face off - Ochthera mantis

Fly style Face off - Ochthera mantis
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Copyright: vipin baliga (vipinbaliga) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 18 W: 12 N: 44] (460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 500D T1i, Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS + Raynox DCR 250, 58mm Kenko UV
Exposure: f/25.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-19 2:37
Viewed: 4317
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found a huge congregation of these Ochthera mantis near a swamp on a recent trek.

Very alert to movement, they would take off like a cloud of smoke on the slightest disturbance.

It was a challenge to approach them and shoot... I finally managed to get 2 or 3 such pictures....

Size: 0.3 to 0.5mm approx

Adult Ochthera mantis are predaceous and have been noted to probe sand with their proboscis and when they detect prey such as Chirnonomid larvae, they are excavated using the fore tibial spines and held between the tibia and femora as the prey is consumed.

The adults feed on midges and mosquitoes.
The larvae are predaceous on midge larvae. :-)

Scientific classification:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Ephydridae
Genus: Ochthera

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Spectacular photograph! Very nice to see these flies in such close-up. regards Yiannis

Well friend Vipin, this may not be the sharpest image around but that scene is incredible in its simplicity indeed! Bravo!
George Veltchev

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