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The heaviest fly

The heaviest fly
Photo Information
Copyright: Nikhil Patwardhan (NikhilBirder) (23)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D100, Nikkor 28-70D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-27 20:52
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Was at a nature park shooting macros when this fly came from nowhere and sat on the grass for a minute. It was still enough to click a couple of snaps, and then it disappeared as swiftly as it had arrived.

I liked the golden back and otherwise completely black body of this fly which was about twice the size of a house fly. Hope you enjoy it.

Clicked using a reversed lens, at around 1x magnification.

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Family Rhagionidae: Chrysophilus thoracicus - adult female.

LOVE THIS! never EVER even knew this one existed...looks as if it was dipped in gold. HEY let me know if you win any money since this sighting; hehe "fortune fly"

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-09-28 19:25]

Hello Nikhil,
He didn't stick around long enough for you to capture the best shot, but good enough to identify him as a Golden-backed Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus thoracicus), Nice sharp focus on the head and part of it's back.

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