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Thick-headed Fly

Thick-headed Fly
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Copyright: nagaraj vn (nagraj) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-03-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Micro-Nikkor 105mm f.4
Exposure: f/8, 1/10 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-03-29 8:40
Viewed: 1753
Points: 48
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Thick-headed Fly, Conopidae family of flies.
Thanks, Ivan and Lou for the ID and information.

Found this interesting insect which I thought is wasp then looks like a fly..I have no idea about the ID. Its very small may be the size of a hover fly. The antennae and spear like parts are interesting to observe..Wish somebody ID this curious insect. It was early morning and found this under the tree in low lighting and the wind constantly harassed me. Could manage only one good image.

Some interesting facts about this family of flies from Wiki.
"The Conopidae, usually known as the thick-headed flies, are a family of flies within the Brachycera suborder of Diptera. Flies of the family Conopidae are distributed worldwide except for the poles and many of the Pacific islands. About 800 species in 47 genera are described worldwide, about 70 of which are found in North America. The majority of conopids are black and yellow, or black and white, and often strikingly resemble wasps, bees, or flies of the family Syrphidae, themselves notable bee mimics. A conopid is most frequently found at flowers, feeding on nectar with its proboscis, which is often long.

The larvae of all conopids are internal parasites, most of aculeate (stinging) Hymenoptera. Adult females aggressively intercept their hosts in flight to deposit eggs. The female's abdomen is modified to form what amounts to a "can opener" to pry open the segments of the host's abdomen as the egg is inserted. The subfamily Stylogastrinae, including the genus Stylogaster, is somewhat different, in that the egg itself is shaped somewhat like a harpoon, with a rigid barbed tip, and the egg is forcibly jabbed into the host. Some species of Stylogaster are obligate associates of army ants, using the ants' raiding columns to flush out their prey. More research is needed to determine the life histories of most conopids."

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-03-29 8:42]

Hello Nagraj,
Indeed an interesting fly. Great macro in amazing sharp details and beautiful natural colours. Nice matching plain background. Fantastic choice of composition.
Enjoy the weekend,

Hello Sir,
very interesting fly! Is it a kind of a hover fly?
great picture, another superb example.
with regards,

Hello Nagraj

Great macro of this insect, with fine POV and framing,
superbly focused with great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-03-29 9:02]
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An interesting fly indeed Nagaraj!
And well taken with superb sharpness and natural colours froma POV that gíves me a clue to enable me to place it in a family.
It belongs to the Conopidae family of flies, the long proboscis, curved shape of the body and the antennae being characteristic. They are parasites on bees and wasps, which they often resemble.
Thanks and best regards,

Hallo Nagaraj
SUPER good sharpness picture of a specie from the Fam.CONOPIDAE
good details and beatiful colours

Look on www.flickrhivemind.et to see many Many more of this fam.
greeting lou

Ciao Nagaraj, great macro of strange fly, amazing details, wonderful natural colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-03-29 9:53]

Hi Nagaraj,beautiful macro of this fly,i like the perfect details everywhere and the diagonal and decentralized composition,very interesting and very well done.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

wonderful macro with sharp features and natural colors.


Hello sir ...
It's really very good pic ..
You capture it with great sharpness
and good details ...Natural light
suplendid beautifully ...You focused
very well on your subject ....Thanks
for sharing ..

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-03-29 14:13]

Hi Nagaraj,
Excellent composition and sharpness details.
Nice colours with nice background.
Regards Jiri.

蜜蜂很可愛 顏色樸素大方

Amazing fly and fantastic photo Nagaraj! The composition, the lighting and the sharpness for one more time are excellent!

Hello Nagraj.
This is a fine fly capture with amazing details of this unique looking specimen.
Thanks for sharing and have a great WE.
p/s: Thanks for the help with the ID from my upload - appreciated!

Hello Nagraj,
Excellent capture with great details and clarity,lovely composition and unique colours scheme.
Thanks and my regards,

Hello Nagaraj
Very interesting species and wonderful capture.Excellent choice of composition,wonderful natural colours and great details.Thank You.
Have a good weekend!
Best wishes

Hello Mr.Nagraj,
Thank you very much for your enthusiastic comment.It will help me to learn.
I don't miss your picture.Beautifull picture.Good example for the new comer and learner.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards and respect,

Superb macro, well done!!!
TFS, Ferran

Hello Nagaraj
Superb photo from an excellent point of view.
Good detail and background.
Wonderful to see how beautiful these flies are.
regards yiannis

the POV and your composition are great, also the photo performance!
best regards Nagraj

Ciao Nagaraj. Another professional shot from you MF! Stunning details against the blurry BG. beautiful colours.


Namaste Nagraj,

This is text book image of the specie, the notes are helpful and amazing world out there, so much to learn. Fine details & earthly colors.


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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2013-04-03 8:10]

great macro, Nagaraj, .. subject is perfectly highlighted and colours seems genuine, .. effectively exposed and framed

regards, ..

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-04-15 4:36]

Hello Nagaraj,
During my absence I missed your fine picture of this special fly. Love the earth-tints and the fine decentred composition. Nice to have other member's help for ID.
KInd regards

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2013-04-28 11:16]

Hola Nagaraj, linda foto la del insecto con una excelente composición y detalles de la especie, un macro con un fondo espectacular además...saludos.

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