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Tachina fera.

Tachina fera.
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Copyright: Sebastien Lucas (Esox) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-F828, Sony close-up lens 58mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flies - Moscas - Mouches, 40 points or more - 40 puntos o más, Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-06 12:18
Viewed: 8434
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Savage Tachinid-Hedgehog.

Here is a fly which will never be Miss Dipterous!
Covered with hairs and points, it is rather frightening (imagine it as big as a dog...).
The adults fly at the warm days, and nourish themselves with nectar.
The female lay its eggs on the sheets, in general of a plant she visits the flowers.
The larva hatch out, and remains motionless, waiting until a caterpillar passes into its range.
If it remains alone 10 days, it dies.
In the contrary case, it is drawn up like a snake ready to attack, and balances itself until touching its prey.
It clings then and digs to it a hole by which it penetrate inside.
The body of the caterpillar is defended, but the larva is use the chitin made to drown it to form a tube allowing him to breathe outside. It eats then blood of its victim, then finishes by injecting sufficient saliva to liquify the internal organs, soup eaten then quickly. It is metamorphosed in the empty skin of the caterpillar, and new a savage Tachinid-Hedgehog flies away.

As almost all the dipterous gathering nectar, it is much more frequent (but also more shy) when the sun is shining.

RAP, carper, letr, Callie, gerhardt, AndyB, deud, extramundi, orme, poppygan59, papkin, normanw has marked this note useful
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  • Great 
  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-06 12:22]

Otra gran entrega... realmente.
Espectaculares detalles... los pelos y los ojos se aprecian de una manera impresionantes.
Excelente composicion y colorido, junto con un adecuado DOF.

Another great post... really.
Spectacular details... the impressive hairs and eyes are appraised of a way.
Excellent composition and colorful, along with a suitable DOF.

  • Great 
  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-09-06 12:27]

Sébastien vous avez l'art de rendre belle une mouche ! Très bonne photo de grande qualité, compliments !
Great !

  • Great 
  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-09-06 12:47]

Can you do it closer,can you do it sharper,
I don't think so Sebastien, This is so perfect, and I know it as a specialist, if I may give myself that name. This is the best fly I have seen on the web, and that's a compliment from me to you, great job.

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  • letr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 50 N: 47] (130)
  • [2004-09-06 12:55]

Excellent Lucas, this is a very good macro with unbelieveble details and colors, good note to .. Well done !!

A very good macro of the hairy fly Sebastien.
Nice colors , good sharpness with good details and
good composition.
Good note,
Well done.

  • Great 
  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-09-06 13:56]

Imagine him just as big as you posted. You will need a tennis racket to swat this fly! Looking past the ugly, this is one beautuful creature

  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-06 14:25]

He's an ugly brute. Great picture, I love the POV and the light, very good work - Well done Sebastien.

Superbe netteté, un insecte impressionnant, surtout avec ce facteur de grossissement. Comme toujours j'apprécie au passage la qualité de la présentation

WOW! This fly has 487 hairs on its body. :) This is an amazing capture. Any closer and you would have done a biopsy with the lense. Masterpiece. Nice supporting note. The right stuff!

She might have a chance at Miss Dipterous if she'd shave. You've captured incredible detail in this shot, making me simultaneously gasp "wow" and "ewwww". Your note is great, too.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-09-06 18:16]

A fine pice of work.
Amazing detail,great colours and DoF.
A great note too.
Excellent,very well done.

Sebastien, beautiful macro closeup with great detail and nice colours. Well chosen DOF.
Greetings, Jan

  • Great 
  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2004-09-07 5:20]

Great. But i like in this shot the whiteness of flower. It is so clean in contrast with this fly! It's like a white and clean princess under a ugly maniacal monster! That's haw i look.

Une macrophotographie d'excellente qualité Sébastien !
Je suis surpris par la netteté, la finesse de l'image. Quant aux détails : un véritable régal pour les yeux.
Peut-on avoir des compléments d'information relatifs à l'objectif permettant d'effectuer de telles macros ?
Merci par avance Sébastien.
Bien amicalement.

YES, this is a good macro shot !!!
An excelent work, the type of macro I would like to get.
Thanks very much for posting.

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  • gbac Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 8] (76)
  • [2004-09-09 14:42]

Superbe netteté, la pdc est parfaitement maîtrisée et la lumière est très agréable.
Bravo Sébastien et merci de partager.

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  • orme Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 56] (188)
  • [2004-09-10 0:05]

An excellent macro shot, Sebastien. Incredible. I like how the colour of the fly contrasts with the flowers. Well seen.

This is simply a beautiful macro.

  • Great 
  • papkin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 0 N: 96] (1580)
  • [2004-12-02 18:31]

Fantastic photo.Bravo

Very great close-up, perfect details.
Well done.

Magnifiques détails, on regarde et on y revient encore! La composition est impressionnante et les couleurs sont vraiment superbes et se marient d'une façon merveilleuse. Great shot!

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