Some 36 hours after having emerged from the pupa, the female is receptive for mating. The male mounts her from behind to inject sperm. Copulation takes between a few seconds to a couple minutes. Normally the female mates only once, storing the sperm to use it repeatedly for laying several sets of eggs.



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  • Jason 6y

    Bow-chicka-wow-wow! They look like they are metal! I don't think I've ever seen silver flies before.
  • Jeremy Stockwell PRO 6y

    @Jason: I was reading about an effect on Gimp that I was playing with (kind of a local contrast/high pass filter). I tried it on this one and kind of liked the look of it, even if they weren't quite as metallic as this, in reality. I think the silver look is partially enhanced by the use of flash here, as well.

    Here's a cropped, but otherwise completely untouched, unprocessed version:

    ...and here's the untouched crop a bit larger, if you really want to feast your eyes on the gruesome details. :-)
  • Shelly and Roy Johnson 6y

    Be sure to add it to the Insect Porn group. :)
  • Jeremy Stockwell PRO 6y

    S&R -- done! Thanks.

    Shoulda known there'd be such a group. :-)
  • Ron Wise 6y

    Eww. . . bug porn! Still, a cool shot. You must really pay attention to the world around you to not only see this going on but to get a shot of it, too.
  • Sharon Kaldor PRO 6y

    Swat 'em now! Before the maggots!! Great shot!
  • elisabeth_m 6y

    omg those flies totally got caught in the act. great capture!
  • J.K. Hering Photography 6y

    very nice capture. i hope you had a little Marvin Gaye playing in the background
  • Janine 6y

    wow! good shot! and you didn't scare them away with your camera
  • dawn_ds 6y

    bow chicka bow bow!
  • *narly 6y

    "Copulation takes between a few seconds to a couple minutes."


    *looks away*

    *walks away whistling*
  • Jeremy Stockwell PRO 6y

    Something you'd like to share with the class, Mr. Narly??

  • Dave PRO 6y

    Hrmmmm... nice background blur. Yep, really nice use of shallow depth of field to um, isolate your subjects.

    Seriously, very nice photo, especially the post-processing you did on them. Not my choice of subjects, but still...
  • Marwa Alhasairy 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Flies:::::F.L.I.E.S, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • KFrench Photography PRO 6y

    it actually looks like they are enjoying the moment.. awesome macro
  • sallylondon PRO 6y

    OMG who knew (or wanted to really). What an amazing macro!
    Non Flower Macros at:
    The World Through My Eyes
  • Stefan Jansson PRO 6y

    That's a fantastic macro.
  • david west 6y

  • artLesley* 6y

    great shot....i'd be tempted to call it "that's life!" :)

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  • rdavo58 6y

    Non Flower Macros at:
    The World Through My Eyes
    perfect timing !
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