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Head of a Longlegged Fly - (Condylostylus)

Make sure to view this one in the larger size by clicking "All Sizes" directly above the image (Flickr's resizing for the thumbnail above distorts the compound eyes and creates moiré artifacts)

 

This beautiful Dolichopodid landed on a nearby light blue painted metal chair (the color in the background) while I was photographing a Phidippus audax jumping spider a few days ago.

 

Initially, I didn't even attempt to photograph the fly, as these guys are incredibly skittish, but upon noticing he was a bit more relaxed then most long-legged flies, I took a few photos.

 

Unfortunately I didn't get any other photos of him before he flew away, so there will be no additional photos to post today in the comments section. But don't worry - I have literally 1,000's of other arthropod macros to sort through I have taken so far this summer!

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Taken on May 27, 2009