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Dance fly - Empis tessellata

By Ade_Osman    
A small dark/brown empid or assassin fly most often seen between April-August visiting wildflowers for nectar such as Cow Parsley-Anthriscus sylvestris and Hawthorn - Crataegus monogyna. They also catch other flies such as Aphids, Bugs, Flies, Mosquitoes and midges and these are sometimes carried in flight and then sucked dry using a long downward pointing beak (probicus). Fairly easy to spot despite being only about 10mm long because of their abdomen being strongly down curved.

A bit of a gruesome creature, but I always find critters like this have a beauty all of their own. Anyway hope you enjoy it, thanks for looking…….Ade

Tags: General Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Dance fly Empis tessellata

Voters: PhillipMinnis, phillG, tomcat and 34 more

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PhillipMinnis 10 94 4 Australia
13 Jun 2011 7:08AM
A very striking macro image, Ade! Wonderful details, colours and DOF! Excellent!



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tomcat 14 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2011 7:10AM
Loads of detail Ade.
I must look out for themGrin

clive burrow 16 71 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2011 7:22AM
Great work Ade
Andysnapper 12 109 25 England
13 Jun 2011 7:34AM
An excellent macro shot. Great background as well and a nice write up.

CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
13 Jun 2011 7:42AM
A cracking image, Ade, these are frequently seen here, particularly on the wild carrot (carota). Carol
KarenFB Plus
14 5.4k 176 England
13 Jun 2011 7:47AM
The details have been brilliantly caught!
wonkers 10 2 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2011 7:57AM
Excellent macro.

TerryMcK 11 72 2 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2011 9:40AM
First class macro work here, Ade. Excellent details throughout.
taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
13 Jun 2011 12:29PM
It is amazing how flys, etc are "put together" they often remind me of efficient machines-- Details here are clear and excellent!
soulofharmony 10 22 1 Norfolk Island
13 Jun 2011 12:55PM
Wonderful details ...and clarity of shot...!!!

Nikki !!! x
FeatherFriend 12 38 217 England
13 Jun 2011 1:41PM
A great shot Ade, lovely detail where it should be,
JustDucky 9 8 Canada
13 Jun 2011 3:48PM
fabulous detail Ade, great close-up
Adderwatcher 10 60 19 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2011 6:03PM
Fantastic macro, the detail in this is excellent!
13 Jun 2011 6:38PM
Great macro close up good detail.
janty66 13 3 England
13 Jun 2011 7:14PM
Excellent macro work...
bricurtis Plus
15 2.3k 50 England
13 Jun 2011 8:44PM
Lovely detail captured in this Ade - looks very dainty.Smile
Gezina 13 3 6 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2011 9:03PM
Interesting subject - lovely detail - Ina
Snapitt 11
13 Jun 2011 9:19PM
Superb macro Ade. Love the fine detail in this. Well done!

EAS 11 1 13 Scotland
13 Jun 2011 10:33PM
Must pay more attention and try to spot these! Your image of it is amazing, so full of great details and colour.

bunbeam 14 2 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2011 9:49PM
superb close up
Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2011 11:22AM
I'm happy to be number 35! Well deserved votes! Good looking bug! IB

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