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Scorpion Fly

By NDODS    
Good Morning Campers

Firstly thank you for all your wonderful comments, messages and votes following yesterdays upload. A further mention going to Ade for correctly identifying my little monster.

Todays upload is definitely a Scorpion Fly...

The Scorpion Fly is a strange looking insect which is found in gardens, hedgerows and woodland edges, particularly amongst nettles and Bramble. It has a long beak-like projection from its head that is uses to feed, scavenging on dead insects and frequently stealing the contents of spider's webs. It lives up to its name by sporting a scorpion-like tail, which the male uses in courtship displays. Adults usually mate at night, but mating can be a dangerous game for the male, who might easily be killed by the female. So he presents her with a nuptial gift of a dead insect or a mass of saliva to placate her - the equivalent of a box of chocolates! The resulting eggs are laid in the soil and the emerging larvae live and pupate at the soil surface.

I hope that you have a great day ahead, I shall be chilling out doing as little as possible.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

Tags: Insects Close-up and macro Tail Scorpion fly Wigs

Voters: fentiger, dven, andylea and 91 more

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fentiger 19 920 24 England
11 Jul 2013 7:34AM
A very impressive macro capture ~ such wonderful detail.

dven Plus
15 43 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2013 7:40AM
Stunning detail

andylea 12 37 1 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2013 7:45AM
fantastic detail Nathan wonderful comp and colours a cracking close up nice one Wink
KarenFB Plus
14 5.6k 182 England
11 Jul 2013 7:56AM
A gorgeous male - the details are fantastic!!
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2013 8:01AM
That looks like some tail!! up and ready
a great sharp image Nathan
11 Jul 2013 8:02AM
An amazing macro Smile
11 Jul 2013 8:03AM
What a wonderful close up! And look at it's tail!!
Ade_Osman 17 4.5k 36 England
11 Jul 2013 8:09AM
Well the ID on this ones right Nathan Blush good image, well done mate Wink

cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
11 Jul 2013 8:23AM
yummy!!! Grin
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
11 Jul 2013 8:26AM
The males seem to live dangerously, a bit like the male mantis insects; have never seen one of these, Nathan.
11 Jul 2013 8:33AM
Super macro Nathan,
Richsr 14 91 223 England
11 Jul 2013 8:42AM
Good close up details Nathan
Regards Richard
NaturesHaven 9 283 6 England
11 Jul 2013 8:43AM
There's a sting in its tail.............GrinGrinGrin
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 166 16 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2013 8:54AM
A very interesting write up Nathan, a super image, well capturedSmile

11 10 10 England
11 Jul 2013 8:55AM
Superb details.
Caziwinkles 8 3 1 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2013 8:56AM
Wow! This is absolutely amazing macro photography Nathan. Love it! Such detail, clarity and great write up too. Smile

11 Jul 2013 9:00AM
What a fabulous image, Nathan - the detail, composition and depth of field are spot on!
An interesting and informative description, too!
rayme330 9 17 1 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2013 9:13AM
A super sharp and detailed study, Nathan.

franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2013 9:19AM
A really impressive macro here Nathan.



ps, soon off to my local country park so you never know I may get a few myself although my track record for photographing all things insect is rubbish really! Sad
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
11 Jul 2013 9:35AM
Superb macro, thank God, it doesn't sting.
A super sharp capture Nathan really impressive macro here Nathan,
Brian65 11 2 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2013 9:40AM
Great detail sharp as a pin Nathan.
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
11 Jul 2013 9:54AM
Does what it says on the box Nathan and very well too !!! Have a great day !!
digital_boi 15 3 6 Scotland
11 Jul 2013 9:59AM
cracker Nathan love the dof and the detail is superb fine work

mex 13 27 3 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2013 10:02AM
Very nice work nathan.
cheers phil.
richmowil Plus
12 446 2 England
11 Jul 2013 10:49AM
Great detail and clarity in this fine image Nathan!! Great work!! Have a good day!!
Growmore 12 4 3 England
11 Jul 2013 10:52AM
I know this one because it's so ugly Nathan, but a superb detailed macro work.
Irishkate Plus
10 45 121 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2013 11:12AM
Well romance and scorpion are two words I never thought to see together!
An excellent image Nathan - just keep well away!
Jasper87 Plus
11 2.7k 158 England
11 Jul 2013 11:15AM
Wonderful clarity on this strange looking insect, Nathan.

lonely_oryx 13 61 55 England
11 Jul 2013 11:30AM
Excellent detail and DOF
TonyDy Plus
12 52 3 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2013 11:42AM
Great close-up, Nathan.
morpheus1955 14 3 2 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2013 11:51AM
WOW what an amazing creature, I have never heard of them let alone seen one,, superb detail and colours, superbly captured and presented

11 Jul 2013 12:02PM
Fantastic detail Nathan, and great write up... love the detail of the "scorpion" tail as well...GrinGrin

Lynette GrinGrin
LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2013 12:04PM
An excellent macro shot and fascinating write up.
PattiW 15 24 2 United States
11 Jul 2013 12:11PM
Excellent capture and great explanation of this fearsome little beastie! PattiSmile
Mrsbass 8 2 1 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2013 2:48PM
In-cred-ible Nathan - what a superb close up and interesting write up of this little beastie. You can see why he got his name with that tail. Stunning.
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
11 Jul 2013 3:30PM
An excellent capture, Nathan, full of detail. Carol
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
11 Jul 2013 4:30PM
Wonderfully sharp close-up, Nathan, and this angle shows off that tail really well! This is a very good study of the scorpion fly.

Bravdo 13 17 2 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2013 4:35PM
Excellent macro work. Nathan you have me hooked on this great capture, deserving of the awards.

AnneWorner 13 620 43 United States
11 Jul 2013 5:33PM
A very well detailed macro - nicely captured! A mass of saliva??? Blech!

SlowSong Plus
12 9.6k 30 England
11 Jul 2013 5:46PM
What a marvellously clear shot, showing this beastie off to the very best effect.
Top work.
Philip_H 9 1.5k United Kingdom
11 Jul 2013 5:49PM
Lovely to see.

Not heard about or seen one of these before.

11 Jul 2013 6:21PM
Super detailed macro image well captured Nathan
Regards Brian
Wow, stunning close up on this wierd & wonderful creature...excellent details
11 Jul 2013 7:42PM
You surprised me, Nathan! It's a first time, when I see this creature and I've never known of its existence! Thanks!Smile
Regards Valery
AnnChown 11 207 1 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2013 8:19PM
Top notch Nathan!
Franko59 9 3 2 England
11 Jul 2013 8:44PM
Awesome work this series and this one in particular!! ,,,,, regards IanSmile
basith_am 8 7 Sri Lanka
11 Jul 2013 8:45PM
Nice macro, excellent detail.
Like more captures from your observation.

11 Jul 2013 9:34PM
Stunning capture!
netta1234 9 382 2 Wales
11 Jul 2013 9:40PM
Beautiful detailed close upSmile
11 Jul 2013 9:53PM
a great shot as usual.

A beautiful close up of this Scorpion fly with lovely detail. Well done Nathan.
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
12 Jul 2013 5:54AM
This is so great

ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2013 9:01AM
A superb capture.

Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2013 2:01PM
Amazing details! Can see why she's called scorpion! Grin
carper123 Plus
9 1.3k 8 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2013 5:27PM
A wicked name for a fly, Nathan, brilliant image, fantastic detail and clarity, awesome work my friend.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile
tonyng Plus
11 11 3 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2013 8:15PM
Pin sharp Nathan.
stu8fish 8 3 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2013 4:44PM
Great macro.Smile
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
14 Jul 2013 8:12PM
A tremendous image and interesting narrative to accompany it
kel55 8 8 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 6:06PM
Very nice macro shot of unusual insect , never seen one before , kel
Source 10
18 Jul 2013 10:59PM
An amazing creature and macro

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