The icky one – Flesh fly (Sarcophagidae) As the name suggests, these flies feed on flesh. As such, these guys are the ickiest of the ickiest. The scientific family name – Sarcophagidae literally translates from Greek to flesh eater. Sarx = flesh, phagein = to eat. They’re known to feed on wounds, decaying flesh, dung, plant nectars, sweet plant stuff such as, fruits and nuts. They’re also some of the biggest flies around here, at least from what I’ve seen over the years. I’ve only recently been able to discover the name though (thanks largely to Wikipedia). These guys can cause leprosy, and in animals, usually sheep, they can cause blood poisoning. Even the larvae can cause parasitic infections. Apparently it’s very hard to identify the specific species for Flesh flies. Only the males can be identified, and that is, after dissecting the genitalia. Okay, that’s enough ickiness for one day. 😅 I shot this one with my 300mm. It came out pretty well, considering how agile they are (these are relatively much less agile than the common house flies here). But, I wanted to get a better view. By the time I’d found my lens reversal adapter, it flew away. So I had to make do with a (slight) crop. I identified it by its size, but mostly by its huge eyes and the pattern on its body. In other news, I’m babysitting Jackie for a couple weeks, and I showed him this picture. He seemed perplexed. I was also thinking about how in the past, we had photoblog competitions, specifically like coolphotoblogs. But it’s long since been dead, and photofriday now only takes uploads instead of post links, which doesn’t exactly help with photoblogs, even though it might for photographers in general. Since most of you (my dear readers) are photobloggers, do you know any such new websites, would you be willing to participate if a new one came along? EXIF Info Exposure f/5.6 1/200 sec ISO 100 Focal Length in 35mm 450 Date taken 2017:08:05 13:38:36 Camera NIKON D3200 Spread the love Tweet Post navigation The incredible dancerFootball on the beach 14 Comments A nice capture of this “icky” fellow !! I like the colour of his head !!! Scary and yucky to read about this fellow Reply Scary indeed, Devi… 😁 Thanks… 🙂 Reply Splendid clarity captured in this close-up! I am surprised he rested long enough for you to capture this photo. Reply Thanks, Steven… 🙂 I think it was resting up in a hot day. Otherwise, these fellers usually fly away at the first sign of a human nearby. Reply Les mouches …je ne me lasse pas de les observer et de les détailler…incroyables de complexité …jolie prise ! Reply Vos photos ont été l’inspiration derrière moi pour essayer, Didier… Merci… 🙂 Reply Une belle capture JP Reply Merci, JP… 🙂 Reply considering how fast the buzz around, i think you got a great. i never in tried shooting them! Reply I got lucky that time, Ayush… They’re usually a lot more active… 🙂 Reply Definitely “enough ickiness for one day,” Sudipto. So glad it’s only an image and not flying around my room here! Reply Me too, Ginnie! 😄 Reply I like this angle of view, moreover, we notice a lot of details on this fly Reply Thank you, Yoshimi… And thanks for dropping by… 🙂 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.