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