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Chaetorellia jacae female

Chaetorellia jacae female
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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: 2010-09-04 11:47
Viewed: 3412
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
After the male posted yesterday, here is the female with her big ovipositor. She feeds also on yarrow (Achillea millefolium).

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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Hi dear:), as you already known, since i am in journey, i have limited time for connection! Sorry for short comments!
Awesome post of this strange fruit fly!
TFS and TC!


merhaba my neighbour Catherine
this is very interesting fruit fly, as like a grasshopper with long ovipositor. you greatly captured it on white flowers and againts blurry greenish BG, with great sharp details, POV and composition. exposure and white balance also very nice. thanks for sharing. best wishes.
iyi akşamlar

Ciao Catherune, beautiful female too in a lovely composition with wonderful white flowers, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Merhaba Catherine,
An interesting fruit fly. Green eyes, double points, small halteras and long reddish ovipositor. Good job.
İyi geceler,

Hello Catherine,
Nice capture with superb details and oustanding colours.
Interesting Fly. I've never seen before such an amazing Fly.
Have a nice weekend!

hello Catherine
this is very ice
i like this fly ,great sharpness and good details with beautiful colours
great shot Catherine
greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-04 15:27]

Salut Catherine,c'est sure que c'est la premiere fois que je vois cet insect...il est vraiment beau avec ce desing pas usuel et ces yeux verts..une composition magnifique avec la meilleure qualite' possible..mes compliments et bonne Dimanche,Luciano

Hi Catherine

Superb result, brilliant sharpness, great composition.


Ciao Catherine. well done this refined compo with the insect with best details and sharp, Impressive DOF and light's managment. Indeed well done.


WOW, Catherine!
An amazing composition for a macro!
Very nice presentation overall.

Hallo Catherine
This is a beautiful specimen with strange but lovely features. I eye of this fruit fly is lovely and the colour has magnetism to it. I like the markings on the body as well as the patterns on the wings. The flower it is sitting on is also very pretty and I like the soft sheen it has on the petals. The fruit flies we have here are pests and my children was often bitten by them when they where youngsters. The bitemark would net develop in a "pit" like a huge pimple and the discomfort and pain in the area would then only be relieved if that "pit" came out. That of course was after lots of tears and very upset children. Thanks for shraring. Best regards.

Hi Catherine
Beautiful macro. Great smal fly. Good DOF, perfect sharpness and nice POV. Very good job

Hello Catherine,

When I looking to your images the past few weeks or about 2 years ago you hae been a much better photographer.
This one are really good and with exellent sharpness, dof and details.
Fine colours, I dont know of I have been seen this specie in real.


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2010-09-05 9:01]

Hi Catherine!
Waht a wonderful composition.
Sharpness and details of the insect are superb!!
Splendid light.
Very well composed and presented.
Ciao! Vanda

Hello Catherine
very beautiful image with light, sharpness and background perfect. Regards, Paolo

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-09-08 5:17]

Bonjour Catherine,
Un peu en retard comme souvent. Une image étonnante de cette petite mouche aux yeux verts, une femelle avec un immense ovipositeur. J'avais aussi photographié ces mouches, mais n'avais pas vu cette caractéristique.
Une excellente gestion de la lumière, pas si simple ici sur ces fleurs blanches. Très beau!
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