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Blow flies pollinating a Stapelia hirsuta flower

Macro HD-SLR videography of Blow flies pollinating a Stapelia hirsuta var. hirsuta flower (from the Laingsburg area in the "Great Karoo", Western Cape, South Africa).

 

Note: hirsuta means hairy.

 

Stapeliad flowers attract flies for pollination. It is a game of trickery and deception, as the flies are fooled in believing that the flower is a good host for the little maggots to feed on. The flower is obviously not really food, and like most desert flowers the flower only lasts 2-3 days. The maggots will pay the price and starve.

 

The decided to leave the natural ambient background sounds from the wild birds in my garden. The Red-billed Woodhoopoes and Crested Barbets are making the loudest racket.

 

Camera: Nikon D7000 D-SLR

Lens: AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED

Original Resolution: Full HD 1080

Frame Rate: 24p

Uploaded as: 1024x576 (16:9) MP4

Audio: Rode VideoMic

 

Martin

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Taken on February 9, 2011