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Please identify me!

By frogsrcool
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!

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: leedewey, NorahF, phowtow and 17 more

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leedewey 13 109
18 Feb 2005 9:16AM
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 13
18 Feb 2005 9:17AM
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
frogsrcool 13 9 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2005 9:24AM
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.
phowtow 13 46
18 Feb 2005 9:27AM
looks wierd, and slightly freeky.

but hey, a good shot :o)

bassan 15 9
18 Feb 2005 9:29AM
Great DOF, good shot!
actionflack 14 34 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2005 9:31AM
looks like a small furry, 6 legged yellow sheep wearing a mask to me....but im not expert... Smile
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
18 Feb 2005 9:48AM

jasonewell 13 34 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2005 9:50AM
Wow, such colour, such detail.... no idea what it is though!
suleesia 13 176 Malaysia
18 Feb 2005 10:31AM
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.
speysider 13 10
18 Feb 2005 10:41AM
Great macto shot! Amazing colours you've captured there! Looking forward to summer now having seen this one!
ian.daisley 14 96 6 England
18 Feb 2005 10:46AM
A good close-up of these. I think the DoF works quite well
harmony 13 2
18 Feb 2005 11:05AM
Great shot, really looks you in the eye!
deeken 14 4
18 Feb 2005 11:52AM
Nice Macro Karen, excellent colors. Well done.

Shanahan 13 3
18 Feb 2005 12:08PM
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!
deeken 14 4
18 Feb 2005 12:17PM
Nice macro shot, love the DOF. Well done.

frogsrcool 13 9 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2005 12:34PM
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!
Yuk! Great macro shot, a really super capture.
rf 14 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2005 3:11PM
nice macro shot well taken
glazzaro 13 70 23 United States
19 Feb 2005 7:33PM
I think it looks great, love the detail, and the added effect of the water drops! Spot On! Click!!!

phiggy 16 7 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2005 5:25AM
Good control of dof super detail.

Denise 16 279
23 Feb 2005 9:35AM
Really good macro image. Nice colours too.
fossilized 13 79 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2005 7:53AM
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.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
27 Feb 2005 5:13AM
You are having fun---wonderful image.
1 Mar 2005 11:06AM
like the eyes
good shot
steve neil 13 597 Australia
1 Mar 2005 11:34PM
Nice colour - cute little guy really - you done a good job capturing him Smile
frogsrcool 13 9 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2005 8:32AM
thanks all for the comments - much appreciated

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