Fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster, male)

A serious macro challenge (or rather about 50 very micro challenges) arrived in our kitchen with a bag of very ripe New Zealand Kiwi fruit ... That miniscule genetic research model organism Drosophila melanogaster, the lover of dew, is only 2,5mm long! Luckily he stayed still on the roll of kitchen paper while I set up the tripod and close up rings to give my maximum extension of 65mm - impressive eh? - even that didn't frighten him ;-) With a subject this size, even at f/22, there's not enough depth of field to get him all in focus. No red-eye correction needed either ! The sex-comb of black bristles on his front leg shows he's a male ...

  • CatDancing 9y

    Amazing shot! I'm impressed.
  • Colin Purrington 9y

    I think the sex combs are important in sexual selection.
  • Peter 8y

    Call me weird if you want, but I love these little flies :-)
  • andreaskeller1972 8y

    Males use the sex combs to hold on to the female's wings during copulation. Great shot!!
  • davidlaing 7y

    Thank you for the candor, that is a friendly way. I wondered if anyone knew about decussating optic nerves leading to the thorax of Drosophila melanogaster, these only develop for late developing ommatidia. Volunteer anybody? davidlaing@yahoo.com
  • Max Westby 7y

    this is way beyond my Dros knowledge!
  • Carine06 7y

    What big eyes you have! Great close-up.
  • paulojdferreira 7y

    Hello, my name's Paulo Ferreira and I'm an image editor/documentalist in a (Portuguese) school books publishing house.

    I'd like to use this photo in a biology manual. If you agree with my request, would you be so kind to send me by e-mail (to pferreira@santillana.pt) one hi-res version of this photo.

    I am also looking for a drosophila female shot..

    All the photos will be credited and appreciated.

    Kind regards,
    Paulo Ferreira
    pferreira@santillana.pt
    www.santillana.pt
  • operian 6y

    I have liked this tiny creature all along! Now even more :)
  • tapu_eco 5y

    terrific man........keep on wid dis spirit.......
  • Anna Barnett 5y

    This is so clever...what a great shot!!
  • BlueRidgeKitties 5y

    Great fly portrait! I'm an admin for a group called Life Sciences Teaching Resource, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Peter 5y

    The black abdomen shows its a male as well. (Its darker than the female).
  • Brian Grone 4y

    Thanks for using Creative Commons licensing. I adapted this image, with attribution, for a review on synaptic homeostasis that has been submitted to Trends in Neurosciences.
  • Max Westby 4y

    Many thanks Brian! - please send me a pdf of the article when it appears, I'd much appreciate it.
  • Richard Bivins 2y

    Great picture... I used your image in my post on Hubpages How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies Fast
  • Max Westby 2y

    pity you want to get rid of them - beautiful animals - learn to live with them! Simply cover your fruit. Biodiversity is the key
  • Peter 2y

    I've worked with drossies (as I call them) and they are lovely cute wee creatures :-)
  • Joe Dunckley 2y

    Great picture; thanks for Creative Commons licensing it -- we used it to illustrate an article: www.icr.ac.uk/press/recent_featured_articles/science_writ...
  • Max Westby 2y

    Great stuff - thanks for using it and the link to the ICR website article. Cheers Max
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