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It would be great if you can tell me what fly this is - can't find anything near it in my little book! I was walking through a field of sheep - and there were several of these, sitting on the sheep dung!!

Very miserable wet day - so didn't come out as well as i had hoped. but i liked it's comical face!

Camera:Canon EOS 300D
Lens:Canon 100mm
Title:Please identify me!
Username:frogsrcool frogsrcool
Uploaded:18 Feb 2005 - 8:58 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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leedewey
leedewey  10109 forum posts
18 Feb 2005 - 9:16 AM

Yellow Dung-fly
Scatophaga stercoraria

Swarms of furry, golden males collect on cowpats and seen March-October. Arrival of female greeted with flurry of activity and mating pair subsequently seen. Adult preys on other flies. Larvae develop inside cowpat. Widespread and common.

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NorahF
NorahF  9
18 Feb 2005 - 9:17 AM

You didn't give a size for this. it could be a Sheep-bot fly (Oestrus ovis)described as a large, broad fly found over most of Britain, often resting in shady places, near flocks of sheep. It lays its eggs on the sheeps head and the larvae work their way into the nostrils and sinuses of the animal causing irritation and pain length 13 mm.
Nasty insect but a good macro. NorahF

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frogsrcool
frogsrcool  10 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2005 - 9:24 AM

thanks - it was no bigger than 2mm. there were about 5 or 6 on each sheep poo! wonder why it isn't in my book. this is 2 varieties i can go and search now.

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phowtow
phowtow  946 forum posts
18 Feb 2005 - 9:27 AM

looks wierd, and slightly freeky.

but hey, a good shot :o)

chris

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bassan
bassan e2 Member 11bassan vcard
18 Feb 2005 - 9:29 AM

Great DOF, good shot!

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actionflack
18 Feb 2005 - 9:31 AM

looks like a small furry, 6 legged yellow sheep wearing a mask to me....but im not expert... Smile

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104025 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2005 - 9:48 AM

scary!

jeff

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jasonewell
jasonewell  1034 forum posts United Kingdom
18 Feb 2005 - 9:50 AM

Wow, such colour, such detail.... no idea what it is though!
Jason

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suleesia
suleesia  10176 forum posts Malaysia
18 Feb 2005 - 10:31 AM

I won't go near it after reading the facts of the matter,, better give your hair a good wash.. LOL.
Nice capture, beautiful colours.

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speysider
speysider  10
18 Feb 2005 - 10:41 AM

Great macto shot! Amazing colours you've captured there! Looking forward to summer now having seen this one!
John

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ian.daisley
18 Feb 2005 - 10:46 AM

A good close-up of these. I think the DoF works quite well
Ian.

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harmony
harmony  9
18 Feb 2005 - 11:05 AM

Great shot, really looks you in the eye!
Anne

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deeken
deeken  10
18 Feb 2005 - 11:52 AM

Nice Macro Karen, excellent colors. Well done.
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Ken

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Shanahan
Shanahan  10
18 Feb 2005 - 12:08 PM

Did you manage to scrape just a tiny bit of
s--t off its tiny little legs? we could then analyse it by photospectrometry and.................
Good picture what ever its pedigree!

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deeken
deeken  10
18 Feb 2005 - 12:17 PM

Nice macro shot, love the DOF. Well done.
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Ken

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frogsrcool
frogsrcool  10 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2005 - 12:34 PM

Thank you all for your encouraging comments - much appreciated.

Mike S - hmmmm didn't think to get a specimin off its legs LMAO!! - I was rushing too much to photograph and rush away incase any of them landed. Didn't know if they bit!!

I hope you all realised he was sitting on a log!! (produced by sheep! Yuck!). The little specks are rain drops - cos it started to chuck it down. Enough rambling - thanks for looking everyone. I think it probably is the yellow dung fly - must go and check out the facts!

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headskiesfly
18 Feb 2005 - 2:45 PM

Yuk! Great macro shot, a really super capture.
Richard

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rf
rf  10 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2005 - 3:11 PM

nice macro shot well taken

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glazzaro
glazzaro e2 Member 970 forum postsglazzaro vcard United States23 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2005 - 7:33 PM

I think it looks great, love the detail, and the added effect of the water drops! Spot On! Click!!!

Greg

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phiggy
phiggy  12 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2005 - 5:25 AM

Good control of dof super detail.

Phil

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Denise
Denise  13279 forum posts
23 Feb 2005 - 9:35 AM

Really good macro image. Nice colours too.

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fossilized
fossilized  1079 forum posts United Kingdom
25 Feb 2005 - 7:53 AM

Missed this one. Interesting specimen - looks like it has a jewel on it's back. Nasty little beast if it's a bot fly though.

Well spotted.

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2005 - 5:13 AM

You are having fun---wonderful image.

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FRANKM
FRANKM  9
1 Mar 2005 - 11:06 AM

like the eyes
good shot
frank

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steve neil
steve neil  10597 forum posts Australia
1 Mar 2005 - 11:34 PM

Nice colour - cute little guy really - you done a good job capturing him Smile

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frogsrcool
frogsrcool  10 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2005 - 8:32 AM

thanks all for the comments - much appreciated

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