• Sex comb shows it's a male
  • Doesn't the dark tipped abdomen also show that? But then, if you can see the darn comb, if your macro is THAT good, why not use the comb? - Ceuthophilus
  • wonderful detail! - Ceuthophilus

Fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster, male)

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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 ...

mimbrava, Anieteke, Rafael Peñaloza, and 27 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. CatDancing ages ago | reply

    Amazing shot! I'm impressed.

  2. Colin Purrington ages ago | reply

    I think the sex combs are important in sexual selection.
    Charles Darwin Has A Posse

  3. Little Boffin (PeterEdin) ages ago | reply

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

  4. andreaskeller1972 ages ago | reply

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

  5. davidlaing ages ago | reply

    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

  6. Max xx ages ago | reply

    this is way beyond my Dros knowledge!

  7. Carine06 119 months ago | reply

    What big eyes you have! Great close-up.

  8. paulojdferreira 114 months ago | reply

    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

  9. operian 102 months ago | reply

    I have liked this tiny creature all along! Now even more :)

  10. tapu_eco 100 months ago | reply

    terrific man........keep on wid dis spirit.......

  11. Anna Barnett 99 months ago | reply

    This is so clever...what a great shot!!

  12. BlueRidgeKitties 96 months ago | reply

    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!

  13. Little Boffin (PeterEdin) 96 months ago | reply

    The black abdomen shows its a male as well. (Its darker than the female).

  14. Brian Grone 83 months ago | reply

    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.

  15. Max xx 83 months ago | reply

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

  16. bivric 59 months ago | reply

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

  17. Max xx 59 months ago | reply

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

  18. Little Boffin (PeterEdin) 58 months ago | reply

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

  19. Joe Dunckley 57 months ago | reply

    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...

  20. Max xx 57 months ago | reply

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

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