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Male Striped Horse Fly (Tabanus lineola)

I had seen one of these flies last summer and wished I had a chance to photograph it, and I haven't seen another one until today.

 

Take a look at the larger size, it's really a beautiful fly. Through the viewfinder I watched him make several bizarre movements with his front legs, totally different than any other fly I have seen.

 

Taken using just the 28mm reversed and the flash to the top left. He was on a white painted railing which bounced the flash back up and provided some nice lighting. Full frame, no cropping.

  

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Taken on January 1, 2005