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Fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster, male) | by Max xx
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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 ...

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Taken on October 20, 2005