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Nemopoda nitidula

Nemopoda nitidula
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-25 0:27
Viewed: 3189
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lesser known backyard creatures:

This tiny 3.5 mm fly is a Swing fly (Diptera; Sepsidae; Nemopoda nitidula; Schwingfliege). I like it a lot because (the males at least) are actually winking with one wing at a time! They run around on top of plant litter, wink for partners and the females lay their eggs.

At the abdominal constriction you see a white, parasitic mite. This is a reminder of the fact that for almost every animal species you can expect one or more specific parasites to be associated with and some nonspecific ones too.

ID: the family can be recognized by the winking behaviour, the spherical head, the abdominal double constriction. But there are many genera and species in the family, so further ID is tricky (in my region the most frequently encountered species would be Sepsis cynipsea.) I used www.diptera.info and the book of J.&H. Haupt, 1998. Fliegen und Mücken. Narturbuch , Augsburg

Technique: Macro lens, macro twin flash, monopod, RAW, 400 ISO, 1/125sec f/20. Postprocessing in PS: remove grain, smudges, sharpen, crop, resize.. Enjoy!

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Hi Dietrich
Another interesting creature in your collection. I think that it is firs one on TN. Mites as a bonus ;_) Good compo and background. Pretty good sharpness. Also very informative note
Best wishes

Hello Dietrich,

Very nice picture of this fly. Good POV and DOF. Great detail and nice natural colours.
Well done,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-25 1:57]

Hello Dietrich,
Great macro of this amazing Swing Fly and very interesting note about its behaviour.
I like the point of view and the way it is showing its swinging wing! Well composed too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-25 2:34]

Hi Dietrich,great macro,i like in particular the shaprness and details of eyes,great work,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-25 9:21]

Hi Dietrich.
So interesting fly and excellent close-up picture. I like composition and framing o the image, impressive combination of sharp leaf with fly and blurred BG. Well done and TFS.

Impresionante ampliación con una profundidad más que aceptable. Colores muy fieles y excelente iluminación.
Saludos Dietrich.

Ciao Dietrich,
malgrado il fortissimo ingrandimento, il dittero ha mantenuto un'ottima nitidezza ed è possiobile apprezzare ogni dettaglio, nel corpo e nelle ali.
Una macro davvero spinta con eccellenti risultati.
Grazie per l'interessante nota.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-27 0:35]

Hi Dietrich,
great macro capture, beautiful pose and fantastic details, great work!
nice composition and POV,
best regards, Dejan

Hi Dietrich,
This is very well done when you consider the swing flies 3.5mm size, even with your crop..Excellent detail, color, DOF, and use of flash to illuminate. It's well composed, and I like the POV as well.
And thanx for pointing out that parasitic mite..a testament to the detail here :)

Lieber Dietrich,
hervorragend komponierte Nahaufnahme, mit einer Präzision, die angesichts der außerordentlichen Vergrößerung dieser winzigen Fliege wirklich beeindruckt.
Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüßen,

Hola Dietrich,
Excelente macro de esta pequeñisima especie, gan nitidez y detalle, con luz y fondo muy agradables. Saludos
José Ramón

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