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Snail Parasite Blowfly

Snail Parasite Blowfly
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Copyright: Chi Liu (chiliu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM, Sigma 72mm MC UV Filter
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-03-11 14:45
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Snail Parasite Blowfly

Family: Ameniinae.

Size: Body lenth 15mm.

This large Blowfly is metallic dark blue-green in colour with the bright orange colour face. On the thorax and abdomen there are the shiny white spots patterns. This fly is nectar feeder and assist the flower plants for pollination. Their larvae are parasites of land snails.

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awesome macro shot. Almost cute looking for a fly :)

Well done!


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-03-11 14:57]

Hi Chi,
Wonderful macro shot, the detail is excellent, as is the colour. Fantastic shot.

Hi Chi,
I'm phascinated - I have never seen a fly with a yellow head. This is marvelous. Sharpness excellent as usual, thanks for sharing
Sabine - wishnugaruda

wow! stunning. unusual fly, the colors so great.
Very clear and detailed scene.
keep this good work

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-03-11 15:15]

Just perfect!
Excellent on details!
Excellent on colours!
Excellent DOF and POV!
Very good BG!
Keep on going and TFS!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-03-11 15:26]
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Hi Chi
Don't show this to any Formula 1 racing outfit as you might find a blowfly model colour scene for next years circuit.
This macro is so great I counted every hair and there is exactly 728. (Just joking, now don't someone go and count it just to make sure if I am correct, but I'm sure if there is someone crazy enough to attempt it, it will be quite possible.)
Chi, I don't know what your success recipe comprise of, but boy oh boy, you are getting better by the day. Now maybe this kind of critique does not help you much to improve, but I ask you, "What can I say to help you improve?" So all I will say again and again is, Brilliant, excellent, fabulous, stunning, awesome, etc, etc, and also exceptional".
Great work and TFS.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-03-11 15:45]

Chi, this shot is really amazing.

Vivid and great contrast. I like bg too.

Great sharpness.


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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2006-03-11 16:22]

Awesome post, Chi, This fly are very nice and very coulorfulls. The picture are very sharp and the vivids coulors. Well done

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2006-03-11 16:28]

Stunning shot with great detail. Wow, the colours!

This is a cool shot Chi! The darn thing has got a yellow-orange head, I've never seen one like that before and you got great detail that shows up well. :)

Magnifica macro de la mosca el detalle de la cara es maravilloso para los que nos gusta la macro de insectos.

bravo belle photo et insecte surprenant ! belle mouche ;)

Amitiés !

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-03-11 19:22]

Hello Chi,
This is an amazing looking fly,I've never seen one like it.
The detail is superb.
Nice vivid colours,a great POV and very good DOF.
Excellent capture.


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-03-11 21:35]

Hi Chi Liu
Excellent macro shot.Very clear and detailed scene.Cute one :)
Well done

Hi Chi,
simplesmente perfeita!!! Os detalhes dessa mosca estão ótimos, assim como as cores, a luz e a composição! Perfeita, parabéns!!!

Francisco Sales

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-03-12 1:25]

Beautiful and interesting shot for this strange fly ! Its yellow face is funny ;-) Congratulations Chi and thanks for sharing.

Hi Chi,
this is one of the most beautiful flies I ever seen.
The details, POV, DOF and colours are all very good.
Great work.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-03-12 4:17]

Hello Chi liu ,A Beautifulll macro shot very good ,
beauty colours pov dof details and sharpnes
thanks for sharing ,greeting Teunie .

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-03-12 4:30]

Hi Chi,
perfect macro, I like it a lot. Good details, DOF and nice colours. Well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

this is one big quality job you did here Chi,
amasing job you did here, fantastic in pov, good dov, very good macro photo, with my compliments.
gr. jaap

Hello Chi,
I know this fly - but your picture is much better than mine. Congrats!
Excellent sharpness, details and brilliant colours/lighting. Great composition and POV too. Thank you for posting. Have a great week.

Wow! It looks strange and beautiful. I wonder how many "alliens" are living among us without being noticed by us?

Regards, Petru

Hi Chi

You really have mastered these macro shots. As much as a fly is really ugly, you have managed to turn it into an object of beauty... you are an impressive photographer and I enjoy looking at your work. :-)

Hi Chi,
Another amaizig photo!, colours, macro and details are wonderful, I never see something like that.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-03-12 17:01]

Hi Chi!

This fly looks funny ;-) I like its colorfull body, especially yellow head. Details are perfect, same as composition!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-03-13 3:12]

Hello Chi!
Excellent close up.Sharpness,POV,details,BG and composition are

Hi Chi,
another phantastic shot from your fairy tale place.
Very bizarre creature, amazingly well shown and described in its finest details.
Colours and composition on a highly cultivated level.
Very good contribution. Congratulations to 101!
Thank you. All my best wishes.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-03-13 5:16]

Hi Chi, great macro with excellent detail, colour and POV. TFS.

Stunning shot Chi.

Considering these guys usually stay close to teh ground and usually land on small rocks or sticks you were lucky to get this.

POV and details are exceptionally good. There little one can add, you have mastered the art.


what a sharp picture, i like the colors and the DOF.
Good POV
Goutham R

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-03-14 17:39]

wow, this is fantastic, chi! :-)
superb macro, excellent details.
the yellow head is so cool!
never saw a fly like this.
well seen & captured,

WONDERFUL! So sharp and clear! The yellow head is amazing! Composition is just beautiful. Great DOF and POV. Thanks for sharing!

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  • koray (40)
  • [2006-03-31 13:44]

perfectoooo. what a strange fly

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-04-17 11:01]

Hi Chi,

Very nice macro.
Excellent DOF, POV and details.
Good job.

TFS :-)

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-04-20 20:52]

Hello Chi, I had never seen nothing like that before. Incredible colors! What a contrast between the face and the body. Perfect definition and POV. THanks for the image and good note! Kind regards, Gabriel

I did not know that such insects are with yellow head ;-) Very good.

Hi Chi,
EXCELLENT extreme close-up!!!!
Lack of word :-)
TFS Malgosia

WOW!!!...wonderful colours and very good details...TFS

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2006-12-12 16:53]

Excellent macro. Outstanding details and exposure. I like the well saturated true colors also. Nice POV and background.

Hello again!
From time to time I am lucky and find gallery of person who's pictures are not only very good but also include some interesting notes. And now I see that you are one of these person! :)
This is another great picture, but this time a fantasctic macro! What beautiful colours, what splendid DOF and details! And what an amazing contrast between fly's "fae" and the rest of its body!
This picture is simple my favourite!
Best greetings,

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