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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Magnificent Macros, Passion Unlimited [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-16 9:10
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The title is inspired from the title of one of my favourite books by the Noble Prize winner in Literature Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Love in the Time of Cholera.

Presented here are two copulating fleshflies. Flesh-flies can carry leprosy bacilli and can transmit intestinal pseudomyiasis to people who eat the flesh-fly larvae. Flesh-flies can also cause myiasis in animals, mostly to sheep, and can give them blood poisoning, or asymptomatic leprosy infections.

Flies of the Diptera family Sarcophagidae (from the Greek sarco- = corpse, phage = eating; the same roots as the word "sarcophagus") are commonly known as flesh flies. Most flesh flies breed in carrion, dung, or decaying material, but a few species lay their eggs in the open wounds of mammals;[1] hence their common name. Some flesh fly larvae are internal parasites of other insects. These larvae, commonly known as maggots, live for about 5-10 days, before descending into the soil and maturing into adulthood. At that stage, they live for 5-7 days.

Flesh-fly maggots occasionally eat other larvae although this is usually because the other larvae are smaller and get in the way. They also eat the larvae of grasshoppers and also eat beetles, snails, and caterpillars, especially the forest tent caterpillar. This habit can be useful for biological control. Flesh-flies and their larvae are also known to eat decaying vegetable matter and excrement and they may be found around compost piles and pit latrines.

Flesh-flies frequently give birth to live young on corpses of human and other animals, at any stage of decomposition from newly dead through to bloated or decaying (though the latter is more common).

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Brachycera
Infraorder: Muscomorpha
Family: Sarcophagidae

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hi sumon,
excellent macro shot, well saturated colours, very sharp image with good details, liked the pov too,the red eayes look nice, the note is very informative,
tfs & regards

Focus and description are genuinely perfect. This is another in your classics. I cannot wiat each day to see another...how different for me, a person who otherwise would have passed by.....

The Evergreen State

Sumon, what a topic, I'm so glad I'm not eating!!!!

The quality of this shot is excellent.
The details of the eyes is quite striking.
Super work.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-16 10:31]

Hi Sumon. great shot of the two flys . great detail and colour. with sharp focus. good timing on your part.with a nice POV. vert well done TFS. good notes to.

Hi Sumon,
Fantastic sharpness and pov. The lighting is very nice .
Well captured and seen.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-16 10:47]

Hi Sumon,

This looks more like a painting than a photograph! The artistic quality is amazing. Wonderful capture of these two with beautiful colors and details. Those red eyes are unbelievable.


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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-06-16 11:15]

Hi Sumon

What stunning detail and sharpness in this photo.

The lighting is excellent.


A very good picture coupled by a very useful note , make this a super post.The details and the sharpness is amazing.

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-06-16 11:18]

Hi Sumon,
Great shot and wonderful details.
Well done.

Hello Sumon,
This is really "lovely" presentation ;> I like the way you presented "just normal flies". DOF and POV are very good, I like also colouration of picture.
Bravo also for the sharpness of this picture and the note.
Moreover, your title showes me that I shoudl read the book by Marquez.
TFS and have a nice evening!

Clever title!
Great focus and details. Wonderful light and fascinating subject.

What about Hundred Years of Solitude, Sumon? When are you going to use that for another caption? Because that's my favourite!

This is an interesting capture of mating Flesh Flies. The image is very well captured.
Doesn't the BG resemble our national flag in an uncanny way, BTW?

That these nasty creatures are carriers of leprosy is a dampening thought. I have shot these blighters here in Riyadh with a degree of elation, whereas I ought to have killed the buggers at first sight!

Well done and TFS.

Hi Sumon, love is in the air, great capture, amazing macro with great moment, splendid details, wonderful colors, excellent sharpness, BRAVISSIMO! very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Sumon,
The capture is excellent. The theme is wonderful. and the note is very good. The Composition is also great. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-16 14:22]

Stunning details for such a small subject. Exposure is outstanding and the colors are so rich and saturated. The red eyes are amazing. Your low POV is excellent and the DOF is perfect. It is shame that part of leaf is overexposed, but it does not distract from the stunning details. Congratulations on a fine macro.

Hello Sumon,
FAntastic close up, great colors and very sharp focus, well composed nice BG, good notes TFS
best regards/Lawhill

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-16 23:06]

Hello Sumon

Amazing colours and clarity.The focus and details are fabulous.Wonderful composition.The eyes are super.Very informative notes too.Well done.TFS


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-17 4:09]

Hi Sumon.
Great macro with precise sharp details.Both poses,composition,low POV and DOF are excellent.Vivid colors are beautiful,pretty blurred BG have OE on leaf,but it not disturb for me.Superb done!I like your note too.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Hi Dumon,
Very sharp fly event...
Well composed.
Nice macro.

Has creado un escenario magnífico y con la luz y enfoque casi perfectos a que nos tienes acostumbrados. La posicion de las patas y las alas te quedó bien, ya que dan vida y dinamismo a la escena. Buen fondo y correcta composición.Una excelente fotografía. Saludos Sumon.

really sharp and crisp shot of this kama sutra style flesh flies, the detail is everywhere in the punctual moment
superb shot!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-06-17 7:52]

Hi Sumon

A fabulous photo with an unattractive title! Lovely sharp shot, great colours and perfect POV. Interesting note as well



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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-17 10:00]

Hola Sumon,
preciosa macro,
detalles y buena iluminación...

Hi Sumon,
Amazing macro with crystal clear details and great colours. Your info is very good too. TFS.
Cheers, Uma

Hi Sumon,
Excellent macro shot. POV and composition are great. The action is crisp clear and well seen. Very well done.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-17 17:56]

Hi Sumon

A brilliant and well observed photograph. The composition and POV are excellent as are the DOF and colour.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-18 8:23]

Hello Sumon,
in the right place and the timing is perfect. Catching them in the act and getting such a clean crisp shot always amazes me.
Excellent macro work on this capture. The details and composition are fabulous.

bonjour sumon
mise a part le dessus de la feuille qui est OE au dessus des mouche,le reste est tres bon,notamment la netteté et le details des deux insectes.

Hi Sumon,
I like most the POV & great detail I see.
Well composed as well. The only minor distraction is the light area behind the subjects. Well done.

Wow! Incredible macro with such clarity. I believe that thos point and shoot all-in-one cameras have better macro capabilities than the bigger guns (Cameras),Thats western talk, I guess I've been influenced a lot with Evelynns photos of the great west. Once again great shot Sumon. :)

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-11-22 22:58]

Hello Sumon,
the title is really captivating and indeed youre very sharp in literature as well as in catching the shot. real sharp.
nice layers of excellent colours.
The eyes really stand out of the canvas, great effect is produced and gives a good impacrt to view.
Wonderful shot.


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