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Thick headed Fly

Thick headed Fly
Photo Information
Copyright: Philip Butterill (MarsAlbert) (10)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 300v, 100 macro, Fuji Sensia 100
Exposure: f/16, 1/90 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-18 13:57
Viewed: 4266
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'm pretty sure this is a conopid fly
Order = Diptera
Family = Conopidae
Genus possibly Leopoldius or Conops

source: http://home.hccnet.nl/mp.van.veen/conopidae/index.html

Conopidae are also called thick headed flies. They often mimic their primary prey, wasps and bees, whom they parasitise with their larvae. Some are considered pests because they attack honey bees, however, they are important pollinators. And quite beautiful I think...

Film scanned with Nikon Coolscan V ed.

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Hello Philipe
Very nice shot of this strange insect
for me,Great lighting and compo,


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-19 3:45]

hello Philip,
That's an interesting fly, looking a little bit like a wasp with a big head. Nice composition.
Best regards

Not Conopid fly
It's Ceriana vespiformis

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