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Noon Fly

Noon Fly
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-18 12:50
Viewed: 3105
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Here, it is the end of the season for insects. Nights are too cold. Despite the sun, I only saw a few species of flies and one Colias croceus today.

Mesembrina meridiana (Linnaeus, 1758)
Family: Muscidae

Mesembrina meridiana is a species of fly, sometimes know as the noon fly. It is widespread and common in late summer and autumn partially in cattle-rearing areas. It is a large black fly (8-10mm) with gold colouration on the base of its wings, on the feet and the face. Adults are most often seen basking in open ground or visiting flowers to feed upon nectar. Eggs are laid in cow dung, the larvae are carnivorous, and feed on other fly larvae within the dung. (Wikipedia)
This one was sun-bathing on a tree.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-10-18 12:53]

Salut Catherine,un autre insect capture' a la perfection,toujours plus difficile ton devoir,sois pour la dimension des sujects,sois pour l'identification aussi,mes compliments pour cette petite collection de fin saison,une tres belle et interessante surpise,bonne nuit et bonne semaine,LUCIANO

Hola Catherine,
Une capture exceptionnelle avec une grande clarté et coloré, composition très bonne, félicitations.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-18 22:45]

Hello Catherine,
A fine close shot of this Muscid Fly, the black body and shiny parts making it difficult to photograph as well as you did here.
Despite the relatively shallow DOF you focused on it well to achieve excellent overall sharpness in lighting that did not cause to much reflection. Excellent contribution of a common species but not often seen on TN!
Thanks and have a good week,

Hi Catherine,

Beautiful photograph of the fly. Loved the clarity and detailing of the fly.

Thanks for sharing.


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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-10-18 23:23]

Hi Catherine,
Mesembrina is a real challenge to photographers, I know from my own experience. The difficulties are the overall blackness and the reflections on the smooth surface. Sunlight is not advised, a flash neither. You used the first, me the latter (see my bad post from 2007). But it is such a pretty, cuddly fly, we have to try again next summer, Catherine.
My best regards

Hi MF Catherine,

An impressive macro capture of thid noon fly from wonderful POV with neat details, sharpness and fine composition.
TFS and have a nice new week!


Verry good capture,nice clarity and colours.Well done.Regards.Alin.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-10-19 4:03]

Bonjour Catherine,
Très contente de voir cette mouche, car je la connais bien, mais je n'avais pas de nom à lui donner! Je la vois surtout près de mon chalet et il est vrai il y a quelques fois du bétail dans les environs.
Excellente netteté et bon cadrage serré.
Meilleures salutations

Ciao Catherine. Indeed an excellent quality macro in troubled light's condition anyway well managed. Perfetc DOf and stunning details. Best compliments.


hello Catherine
very good picture with good details of this fly
great sharpness and beautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

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