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Mite covered sepsid

Unknown ensign fly, Nemopoda speiseri (Sepsidae) with phoretic mites (ID-cred: P. Beuk)

Size: 6 mm

 

This little fly was found on a very decayed moose carcass. Almost nothing remained except for the hoofs and a few other bones. Still you could find a few carrion associated bugs, such as this one even though you had to look really closely in the crevices around the hoofs to find any soft tissue left.

 

I'm adding a few more shots from the carcass in the comment-section.

 

Thes wings of this specimen seem malformed. It was able to fly but only for shorter distances.

 

Single mixed light exposure (direct sun and diffused flash). Canon 5DmkII, Canon 270EX, Canon MP-E65 @ 2.7X (and cropped), 1/125s, f/13, ISO400

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Taken on June 26, 2014