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Copyright: Nikos Nikolaou (nikosrio) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 829] (4846)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Nikkor Af-S micro 105mm VR f/2.8G IF ED
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-10 8:41
Viewed: 2881
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tachinidae is a large and rather variable family of true flies within the insect order Diptera, with more than 8,200 known species and many more to be discovered.
Insects in this family are commonly called tachina flies or simply tachinids.
They occur in almost all habitats all over the world. There are Neotropical, Nearctic, Afrotropical, Palaearctic, Oriental, Australasian and Oceanic species.
achinid flies are extremely varied in appearance. Adult flies may be brilliantly colored and then resemble blow-flies (family Calliphoridae), or rather drab, and then resemble house flies. But tachinid flies are more bristly and more robust. They have three-segmented antennae, a diagnostically prominent postscutellum bulging beneath the scutellum (a segment of the mesonotum), and bare (sometimes plumose) arista. The calypters (small flaps above the halteres) are usually very large. Their fourth long vein bends away sharply.
Adult flies feed on flowers and nectar from aphids and scale insects. As many species typically feed on pollen, they can be important pollinators of some plants, especially at higher elevations in mountains where bees are relatively few.
The taxonomy of this family presents many difficulties. It is largely based on morphological characters of the adult flies, but also on reproductive habits and on the immature stage.

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hello Nikos
great Macro with good sharpness and great details
the colours are beautiful
greeting lou

  • Great 
  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-05-10 10:16]

Lovely fly, with perfect details and great light!

Ciao Nikos. Indeed a great macro. Perfetc sharp and razor details. The green ball under the nose like a precius stone!


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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-05-10 18:30]

Successful macro work.
Precise focus, fine details and great clarity.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-05-10 21:00]

Excellent macro, great colors and details!

Giasou file Nkos,

A fine and timely capture of this fly while carryin a droblet on its mouth parts, may be stemning from its prey:). The composition and POV superb!
Efkharisto file, Kalinihta!


Hi Nikos,

An good macro shot but his head are to dark (shadow)
Further good detailed, pov and details.
Fine natural colours.


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