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Happy Flies by nele102 Happy Flies by nele102
This is a couple of marsh flies also called snail killing flies (Elgiva solicita). In Germany they are called Hornfliegen (horn flies, because of their large antennae). They are my favorite flies as almost all members of this family (Sciomyzidae) own beautiful striped eyes and they are very relaxed little fellows (not like the stressful flies in houses).
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Happy Flies by ~nele102 - is a wonderful insect close-up, sharp and well-composed with good depth of field. And it's fun to see how marsh flies do it. Thanks for sharing ! ( Suggested by marble911 and Featured by hellfirediva )
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ill23 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
:D
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Keronu Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
Very amusing shot, I love the colours, they are so pretty. Flies are so fascinating. I find this image so funny for some reason. Not for what they are doing, but how they are posed and look. Flies make such great subjects
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nele102 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
Thanks for your comments!

@ avanca
As far as I know Elgiva solicita larvae are free living in freshwater but they feed on pulmonate snails.

There are a lot of species in this family (Sciomyzidae) which feed on molluscs in general. In some species the larva lives in a single mollusc till it pupates, in some species the larva hunts actively for snails.

Greetings
Nele
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avancna Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Snail-killing?
Do they lay the eggs in snails?
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Reflectom Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007   Traditional Artist
very coolio! :)
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NickShroom Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007   Photographer
i love their eyes, but large flies scare me, but this is a beautifully done photograph.
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XxSkankzillaxX Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
Beautiful. Love the soft tones. Very crisp and clear.
Amazing shot!
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GSDAkatsuki Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
Cool. I lvoe insects!
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Hatsuharurocks Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
Insect porn!

Very nice, lots of sharp detail, i can see the little hairs on their legs =D
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Hyuga232 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
The clarity and sharpness of the photograph is just plain stunning.
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sp1ffy Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
wow that's hawt
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iatejimmysworld Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
omg great work!
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S-H-A-A-M Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
fantastic photo!
these are beautiful creatures,the faces are amazing!
judging by the comments you have,you are going to get a reputation as bad as mine! :shrug:
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Epiphanizzel Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
oh snap!
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miss-sunshine Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
lol bug sex.. but it doesnt look like they are having fun..
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AJGlass Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hey! Doesn't this qualify as bug porn?


    . o O ( oh yeah, baby! )
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Excellent shot! Wonderful clarity and focus. :thumbsup:
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Objecht Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
Gorgeous animals.
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Empress-Cethlisss Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
i realize EXACTLY wat their doing but its a really pretty pic
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you realize what their doing though right?
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dparke Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
Really nice shot.
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noacantfail Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
positively perfect
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Mad-Gerboa Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Student Interface Designer
BUG SEX
=O
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sylvanheart Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
That's really cool, and the background is such a happy shade of green that it almost seems cartoonish. Very detailed picture!
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Elgaris Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Aw catching them in the act.

Good clear shot!
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Rev66 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007   Photographer
well deserved DD! this shot is fantastic, macro at its best. Its so sharp threw out the whole shot.
I bow to your greatness! haha
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NimronKiTel Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a beautiful shot. I'm impressed with this is so many ways. Its like every time I look, I see some new detail that I didn't see before.
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Bipolar-Parrot Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
I love how clear the picture is, not at all blurry. The colors and sheen are also amazing. Nice shot. ^^
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JerryCai Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
LOL..."stressful flies in houses"
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dicalva Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How can one love flies?!?!? :lol:
...specially the ones with horns on it!
Anyways a very nice shot indeed and thank you for the introduction to a species I never heard of before.
The DD is well deserved and if *Blepharopsis says this is fantastic then it IS :-)
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Thank you for sharing,
Diana
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oibyrd Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:rofl: get down with yer bad buggie selves :lmao:!
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stigisoft Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
Fantastic picture! I can see a lot of detail on this photo.
What kind of flies are these?
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marble911 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007   Photographer
Did you read the artist's comment under the picture? It has some info about what flies these are! :)
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femketje Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Professional Photographer
great shot
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nele102 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2007
@ Kathrin
Ja,das kann sehr gut sein. ;)

@ Vassilis
I use a tripod (Manfrotto 190PROB).

Thanks! :)
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LemnosExplorer Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007  Professional Artist
fantastic flie shot !!! do you use tripod or minipod for sutch shots please ? The light without flash seems fantastic !!!

I love the top insect legs position above the head of female ?

Have you got a clue on what ID these are please here [link]
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marble911 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007   Photographer
Tolle Aufnahme. Einfach perfekt.
Kann das sein, dass ich das Bild schon in irgendeiner deutschen Community gesehen habe? War damals auf der Suche nach Fotos von Sciomyziden. Wenn ich mich recht erinnere, gab's dann auch eine hitzige Diskussion, wie "clean" ein Hintergrund sein soll/darf :giggle:
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nele102 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007
Hi and thanks for your comments!

Nele
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007  Professional Photographer
Fantastic shot. Well composed and sharp.
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MartinAmm Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007  Professional Photographer
einfach klasse. ich liebe diese fliegenart :love:

Martin
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Blepharopsis Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
This one is fantastic....
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