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Proboscis | by macropoulos
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Last Saturday, just before our visit to the aquarium, I took Yannis Rigakis to my favorite insect hunting grounds outside the village of Fodele. While we were there, he let me try out his MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro lens and Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX ring flash. This is dream equipment for me and I was lost in macro heaven for about an hour. I wholeheartedly thank him for giving me this amazing experience!


This fly was captured somewhere between 2:1 and 3:1 macro, as it was feeding of an oxeye daisy. It kept moving erratically and I had real trouble trying to focus and get an interesting angle at the same time. I love this shot because I managed to get it's proboscis in focus, as the fly lowers it onto the flower to suck on nectar.


It was identified as a tachinid of species Fischeria bicolor by Theo Zeegers, at


Best viewed Large, On Black.

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Taken on June 16, 2007