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    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.

    Submitted to Photo Friday - 'Big and Small'

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    1. T. Jason Wright Photography 70 months ago | reply

      Bow-chicka-wow-wow! They look like they are metal! I don't think I've ever seen silver flies before.

    2. Jeremy Stockwell 70 months ago | reply

      @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. :-)

    3. Shelly and Roy 70 months ago | reply

      Be sure to add it to the Insect Porn group. :)

    4. Jeremy Stockwell 70 months ago | reply

      S&R -- done! Thanks.

      Shoulda known there'd be such a group. :-)

    5. Available_Light 70 months ago | reply

      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.

    6. Sharon Mack "Pure JOY" 70 months ago | reply

      Swat 'em now! Before the maggots!! Great shot!

    7. elisabeth_m 70 months ago | reply

      omg those flies totally got caught in the act. great capture!

    8. J.K. Hering Photography 70 months ago | reply

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

    9. by Janine 70 months ago | reply

      wow! good shot! and you didn't scare them away with your camera

    10. dawn_ds 70 months ago | reply

      bow chicka bow bow!

    11. *narly [deleted] 70 months ago | reply

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


      *looks away*

      *walks away whistling*

    12. Jeremy Stockwell 70 months ago | reply

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


    13. ~ Dave McCaskill ~ 70 months ago | reply

      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...

    14. Marwa Alhasairy 69 months ago | reply

      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!

    15. KFrench Photography 65 months ago | reply

      it actually looks like they are enjoying the moment.. awesome macro

    16. sallylondon 62 months ago | reply

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

    17. Steffe 62 months ago | reply

      That's a fantastic macro.

    18. artLesley* 62 months ago | reply

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

      Non Flower Macros at:
      The World Through My Eyes

    19. rdavo58 62 months ago | reply

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

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