Macro Monday

My theme is ‘Fly’….Don’t be squeamish….take a look….they’re amazing!

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A Little Damsel fly on tippy toe in the middle of a wheat field!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Enveloped

Whilst out walking between showers today I saw this strange thing fly in front of me. It seemed rather awkward and as if it was a little heavy for itself!

Then I realised it was my old mate Emp (Empis Tessellata to give him his full name).

Only he had attached himself to what I believe to be his dinner!

His dinner was more than likely feeling a little ‘enveloped’ and NOT in a good way!

Emp belongs to the family of Dagger flies, in case you were wondering!

Emp belongs to the family of Dagger flies, in case you were wondering!

The view from above! Apparently the name 'dagger flies' refers to long pointed proboscis that they sometimes uses to pierce other insects.

The view from above!
Apparently the name ‘dagger fly’ refers to long pointed proboscis that they sometimes use to pierce other insects.

Yep, definitely a bit of piercing going on here! "For goodness sake!" hissed Emp in an irritated manner, "Can't you see I'm busy?"

Yep, definitely a bit of piercing going on here!
“For goodness sake!” hissed Emp in an irritated manner, “Can’t you see I’m busy? AND he is quite heavy!”

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Macro Monday

Today, in close up, I present a little chap called……

Empis Tessellata or ‘Emp’ for short!

Poor old Emp has been described on the internet as a large, drab green-brown bristly fly with brown-tinged wings! How rude!

Poor old Emp has been described on the internet as a large, drab green-brown bristly fly with brown-tinged wings! How rude! Drab? I don’t think so!

"Don't mess with me!" said Emp haughtily, "Though I feed on nectar I am also a predator and can catch other insects with my long pointed proboscis which I pierce their bodies with……so don't upset me!"

“Don’t mess with me!” said Emp haughtily, “Though I feed on nectar I am also a predator and can catch other insects with my long pointed proboscis which I pierce their bodies with……so don’t upset me!”

"Also," snarled Emp, "When I feel in the mood (nudge nudge) I present a 'gift' to the object of my desire, in the form of a dead insect, before any shenanigans take place. The ladies are most fussy and will not mate with males who do not present a gift. I've got it sussed though!"

“Also,” snarled Emp, “When I feel in the mood (nudge nudge) I present a ‘gift’ to the object of my desire, in the form of a dead insect, before any shenanigans take place. The ladies are most fussy and will not mate with males who do not present a gift.”

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Weekly Photo Challenge: On The Move 2

The ‘On the Move’ verb I am looking at today is ‘fly’.

But do you know, I always get my verbs and nouns mixed up so let’s hope I get it right today!!!

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Yes I know, it’s all a bit tongue in cheek!

Lots of people don’t like flies, but just look at the shine and colour….amazing! (I think!)

If you want to see more entries to this challenge then visit here!

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Come Fly with Me, Let’s Fly, Let’s Fly Away!!

Once more at the canal…..

When who should I espy????

“Well hello Mr. Mesembrina Meridiana, how wonderfully orange and black you look!” said I!

Mr. M.M is sometimes known as the noon fly.

Mr. M.M is sometimes known as the noon fly.

 

Oh but they do some yeuchy stuff these flies!

Adults are most often seen on cow dung, basking in open ground or visiting flowers to feed upon nectar.

Eggs are laid in cow dung. (What a start to life these baby flies have!)

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Mind you…the larvae are carnivorous and feed on other fly larvae within the dung!

"I've got my eye on you Madam!" said Mr. M.M. slightly unpleasantly!

“I’ve got my eye on you Madam!” said Mr. M.M. slightly unpleasantly!

I got this information off the internet and apparently there are people who write about “Insects of the British Cow Dung Community”!!! What??????

I can't help but think he's rather handsome despite his unpleasant habits!

I can’t help but think he’s rather handsome despite his unpleasant habits!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus 3

DO NOT FOCUS ON THE FLY!
FOCUS ON THE COLOURS AND THE SHINE,

(and maybe even consider Mr. F. Fly  a little beautiful?).

Frederick Fly was hungry and yet he felt sick as he always did when he was hungry!

Frederick Fly was hungry and yet he felt sick as he always did when he was hungry!

 

Here's Freda Fly, who is also hungry!  "Wonder where those aphids are!" she wondered idly.

Here’s Freda Fly who is also hungry!
“Wonder where those aphids are!” she wondered idly whilst her tummy rumbled and gurgled ominously!

 

Freda Fly sought out her friend Frederick, thinking that he might know where the aphid lunch herd where that day!

Freda and Frederick were no help to each other at all as they had no idea where those darned greenfly were!

Freda and Frederick were no help to each other at all as they had no idea where those darned greenfly were!

 

If only Frederick had looked a little closer!

He fummed inwardly as he thought of those ladybirds who had probably eaten the bloomin' lot!

He fumed inwardly as he thought of those ladybirds who had probably eaten the bloomin’ lot!

Oh Frederick-you silly fly!

The aphids laughed as they made their get away!

"Hmpff!" snorted Frederick as he flew off, "Wonder if they're under this leaf?"

“Hmpff!” snorted Frederick as he flew off, “Wonder if they’re under this leaf?”

Too late Frederick, too late!

Hope you saw their beauty and didn’t think of what flies actually do!!

That’s All!

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