Poecilobothrus nobilitatus (16)
|Lesser known pond creatures:|
To me this particular shot means more than it might to you, because it was hard work: the animals are a proud 3 to 4 mm long and glide nervously around on the surface of my backyard pond. It is a fly (Diptera; Dolichopodidae; Poecilobothrus nobilitatus). I had never seen it before because of its small size, but looking through the viewfinder with a macro lens attached I was surprised by the beauty of the fly.
And what a show these flies performed! The male approaches a female (the female is without the white spots at the wingtips). Then it starts spreading its wings and puts them in perpendicular position ---and starts winking, first with one wing, then with the other. This looks like the guy that guides airplanes on the ground with his signal disks.
I constructed a platform for the camera that was focussing on a drowned flower, an occasioal meeting point for the flies. Laying down, I slid the camera with the macro and the double flash forth and back for focus. I had to use an extension tube to avoid the maximal extension 100mm of the lens. In the workshop area I post a view of a female fly walking on water. Thanks for looking at flies!