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~ Scatophaga stercoraria ~

By starstriders
Taken yesterday afternoon in a brief moment of sun. This is a yellow dung fly.

What I find interesting is the little "halteres" that are visible between the thorax and abdomen. These are thought to be the evolutionary remains of a second pair of wings that now act as balancers in flight. They actually flap rapidly in flight.

Not done anything to this shot, just cropped it and added the border.


All comments/criticism/mods welcome. Cheers.

Tags: Fly Insect Yellow Green Close up Bug Flies Close-up and macro Profile Dung

Voters: Eden, cdm36, Rodmac and 12 more

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C_Daniels 16 399 10 England
18 Apr 2006 8:48PM
Good detail and colour!
1shot 17 2
19 Apr 2006 7:00AM
You sound just like David Attenborough!
A very interesting bit of information, nice that you've taken the time to explain.
Great image.
cdm36 17 391 7 England
19 Apr 2006 8:26AM
Excellent piece of macro work, good detail captured.

Eden 16 40 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2006 12:44PM
really brilliant - sharp image and great info!
20 Apr 2006 4:34AM
Great image! And nicely put together with the text, like something out of a nature book!
Crazius 14 13 Scotland
30 Jun 2006 10:49PM
Cool picture. Amazingly detailed and I love the colours and vivid background.

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