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Tiny Fly with Green Eyes

Tiny Fly with Green Eyes
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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: 2010-08-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-03 10:17
Viewed: 4123
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Last weekend, I noticed a tiny fly with green eyes on a yarrow (Achillea millefolium). Thanks to it, I discover this family, new for me.

Chaetorellia jacae Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830 ♂
Family: Tephritidae
Sub-family : Tephritinae
Common names: Téphrite de la Jacée [Fr]

There are nearly 5,000 described species of tephritid fruit fly, categorized in almost 500 genera. Most fruit flies lay their eggs in plant tissues, where the larvae find their first food upon emerging. The adults usually have a very short lifespan. Some live for less than a week.
The behavioral ecology of tephritid fruit flies is of great interest to biologists. Some fruit flies have extensive mating rituals or territorial displays. Many are brightly colored and visually showy. Some fruit flies show Batesian mimicry, bearing the colors and markings of dangerous insects such as wasps because it helps the fruit flies to avoid predators, even though the flies lack stingers.

The Tephritidae are grouped into several subfamilies. The Tephritinae sub-family contents 211 genera and 1859 species. The larva of Chaetorellia jacea feeds within capitulum of Centaurea sp. It is a tiny fly with green eyes, of 3,5-5mm length.


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The contraption, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM, is not very expensive and does the job of lens and other that cost 10x the price. Congratulations and tell me how the idea of the Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM came to mind!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-03 11:25]

Hello Catherine,
A superb close macro of this litle Tephritid Fruit Fly. It size can be seen by comparing it with the Yarrow flowers where it is feeding.
The POV shows the green eyes with excellent sharpness with a good DOF for a clear view of most of it in a pleasing composition.
Thanks and have a great weekend,

Hello Catherine,
The POV,sharpness and details are excellent. Great composition with splendid colors.
Ciao, Melania.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-09-03 12:06]

Chère Catherine

TN a aussi l'avantage de nous motiver à découvrir de nouvelles choses. Nous aiguisons notre regard, ce qui nous emmène à voir des beautés comme celle que tu nous présentes aujourd'hui. Ton image est très réussie, l'insecte est surprenant de beauté. Tu as également bien géré l'exposition, pas facile avec les pétales blanches.



hello Catherine
super MACRO!
great sharpness and good light
the colours are beautiful
super shot
greeting lou

Ciao Catherine, lovely tiny fly with fantastic green eyes, beautiful natural ambientation and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Catherine,
Lovely details and excellent colors. Very good sharpness and focus.
Exceptional focus and clarity.
Have a nice weekend!

Ciao Catherine. Stunning details, wonderful colours. Exciting brilliant compo.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-09-03 17:42]

Hola Catherine.
Great super Macro. Lot of fine details to see here in this green eyed fruit fly.
Light and sharpness in high level.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-09-04 1:05]

Hello Catherine,
These eyes are splendid, the fly with green eyes look uncommon. Although insect is so small you managed to take it very well.
Regards, Pawel

Hi Catherine,
A lovely capture of this beautiful tiny green eyed fly. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-09-04 7:53]

This is very interesting species of fly, not only its eyes green which is highlight also the wing patterns are also interesting, fine capture with white flowers. tfs.

merhaba Catherine
When I saw about your previous one in last post, I looked at this great shot. I think nobody dint attent number of post. this must be your 5th milestone. Congratulations on your 500th shots. By the time, we have seen many great shots and to know many new and different species with good informative notes. This is also one of them. many thanks for all them. I am pleasured to know you by TN. I wish you many hundred photographes here for a long time.
best wishes and have a nice evening

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