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Scorpion Fly

Scorpion Fly
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Unusual critters, My Photos for my website [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-09 5:03
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A strange-looking insect, the male of which has a scorpion-like, upturned abdomen. Flight weak and at rest holds wings flat. Head has beak-like downward projection used in feeding; scavenges dead animals, including contents of spiders' webs, and ripe fruit. Seen May-July in hedgerows and among brambles.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-09 5:21]

Hi Joe,
What a weird looking fly, scary and dangerous it seems. Very neat and sharp details and nice focus. I like your POV to portray it and the BG illustrates the habitat well. Very nicely composed and presented. Kudos.

Yeah ... this is one strange beastie.
I had no idea there was anything like that in England.
A great capture Joey.
Well done.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2007-06-09 6:10]

Hello Joe.
They look dangerous but don't harm any people. This a male and you captured it quit well. Pretty POV and you can see all the details well. Perhaps a little noise in the background.
Well done.
Gr. Hans

Hi Joe,
A strange looking insect. POV is great and well captured. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Joey,
This is such a strange insect! You captured it nicely with superb details, great pose and good compo. I have seen a bit of your new website, congrats!

Hi joe,

What a catch , never had seen this before its amazing to see such strange looking fly, A very well shot pic , with perfect BG and sharpness. Love the POV

Tfs and happy weekend


Hi Joe,
a nice picture of the scorpion fly.
Good POV, nice colours and sharp where is counts but
the DOF is a bit shallow, it had been nice to see the whole
insect in focus and it's pity you cut one of the antenna.
Well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-09 6:57]

Hello Joe,
Brilliant macro of this Scorpion Fly. It really shows details very clearly and the colours are true. It looks like a real monster here! The only snag is the noisy background but there I have the same problem!
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Joe.
Oh my gosh, there is some really ugly insects around, the detail you have captured here sort of gives me the shivers. What a mouth on it, let along that tail.
The compositon, DOF and colour, all spot on. Great image

New Zealand

Hello Joe
What an intersting spiece to shoot,
Perfect details, composition and sharpness,
Great lighting and DOF,Superb shot.


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-06-09 10:42]

salut Joey,
un insect que je n'ai pas encore vu, ni pris en photo. Il a vraiment une allure effrayante, mais la réalisation avec le BG vert l'adoucis un peu. Il reste un peu de bruit qui nécessite une petite correction.


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-06-09 11:15]

Hi Joe,

A nice macro with a good PO,the colors and focus are well handled,tfs


There is also nothing like this stateside. It is most unique and worthy of praise in your observation. How unusual.

Washington State

Now this is one scary looking little feller! WOW! I never would have dreamed up something like that! :)

A very curious insect, Joe, seen on TN for the first time, I suppose.
I am much intrigued by its horse-like face. The hook at the tail end is certainly like that of a scorpion, though I wonder whether it is a mimic or real with a deadly sting.
Very valuable contribution indeed.

Hi Joe,
What a strange looking insect. Reminds me of aliens.:)Nice picture with details and colours.Very good POV too. Does it sting?

Really nice detail here and well done for showing something so 'interesting' on here.

Beautiful macro shot of this male scorpion fly Joe.
Sharpness, clarity and exposure are spot on.
Colors and details are wonderful.
Very well done. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards and have a nice sunday, Harry

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-10 6:51]

Joey, Lovely and really you remind me of the scorpion king. Good Shot and too good. Ganesh

Hola Joe,
Una imagen extraordinaria por los detalles que muestra, mi mas sincera enhorabuena. Saludos
José Ramón

Hello Joe.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

Hi Joe,
What an interesting animal! I have never seen this before. Well seen and captured. TFS.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-06-14 11:00]

Hello Joe,

Great picture of this Mecoptera.
Great color, position, DOF, sharpness and background.


Dear Joey,
I think that for this interesting, well portrayed, quite elusive creature a flash would have helped to increase DOF. But it still looks nice, the light is almost shining through parts of the body. Well done!
Best regard,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-21 7:47]

Hi Joe,
quite an interesting insect specially since I never seen one before.
Captured great details and the sharpness is very good.
The POV allows a great view of the different features of this insect.
Very well done.

Hi Joe,
what a great shot of a scorpion fly.
Its a very odd looking creature well captured and great colours.
thanks for shareing.

Hi Joe,
What an amazing shot u have here. scary though. TFS


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  • Fede Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 0] (29)
  • [2013-05-07 10:46]

Hello Joe, I really like your photo. Details are excellent despite the difficulty of the picture and the same thing for colours. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

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