Bug Shots

A closer look at insect photography

Flies: two tiny examples.

Posted by Darren on May 23, 2010

I wanted to capture a few examples of some of the smaller species of fly that I commonly see.  These two examples were approximately 4-5 mm in length and quite difficult to shoot due to their small size.  The first photo appears to be some type of Vinegar fly (? Drosophila sp.) which I find roosting on leaves.  You really have to search hard for these little flies as they are exceptionally hard to spot on foliage due to their size.  Another difficulty I find with photographing these smaller flies is they seem to really react to the camera flash, much more than the larger species.  They are so fast that sometimes they manage to make an escape between the flash and the shutter leaving me with a beautiful picture of a leaf.  I’m unsure of the second species of fly, but I generally find them feeding on small flowers.  I have tired to identify a few of these smaller flies with identification keys on the internet, but it is far to difficult to achieve from photos alone.

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3 Responses to “Flies: two tiny examples.”

  1. I suggest family Tachinidae for the 2nd fly, but that is just an impression based on the stout abdominal hairs.

  2. photo ex machina said

    What funny little creatures! Look at their compound eyes!

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