07.08.2021 Say hello to my little friend.

I’ve been chasing these little long-legged flies-Condylostylus patibulatus for a few days.ย  They seem to sense autofocus and just as it gets sharp in the viewfinder…gone! I got a bunch of out of focus blurs until this one decided to be more obliging.

You can see how they got their family name name…this species has no specific common name. Very colorful as well.

These are very small, tiny even, ranging from a tenth to a quarter of an inch. I still would like to get a nice side shot showing off those legs but happy to have these nice views. Bet they make good dance partners.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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31 Responses to 07.08.2021 Say hello to my little friend.

  1. Ms. Liz says:

    These shiny metallic colours revealed via your larger-than-life portraits are wonderful!

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  2. Leya says:

    Oh maarvelous shots, Steve! A very beautiful and shiny little thing!

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  3. picpholio says:

    I looks like if ti’s made from copper and gold !

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  4. “Hello little friend :)” It is such a little beauty with all that metallic shine on it. I love seeing insects like this. Great find and photos, Steve!

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  5. Gallivanta says:

    It is like a little piece of shiny enamelled jewellery.

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  6. Did you consider switching to the manual focus we spent decades of our lives using? With difficult subjects I find using manual focus an advantage. In any case, you managed to get some good shots.


  7. shoreacres says:

    I was surprised to read that you used auto focus for this little gem. I always use manual focus with my macro lens, and generally with my 18mm-135mm. I don’t know why, exactly. I started it when I first got the lens, and just have continued on. I do usually stick with auto focus with the 70mm-300mm, especially with birds. In any event, this one’s a beauty. Insects like this always seem like perfect subjects for jewelry. Some flowers would do for earrings, but this one should be a brooch.

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    • I explained above to Steve why I use autofocus for my handheld shots. Even at 1/250 second I still get shake while trying to hold focus so letting the shutter trip once focus locks just works better for me. IU agree…one of these hanging from an ear lobe would be an attention getter.


  8. Eliza Waters says:

    I know these iridescent guys… definitely hard to capture, I imagine!

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  9. Peter Klopp says:

    With a fly bouncing around so quickly it is a great challenge to get it focused, especially when this insect is so small. Great job, Steve!

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  10. Littlesundog says:

    Wow! I love the metallic look of the flies, and the clarity of your shots. I laughed when you mentioned them making great dance partners. I have them pinned to be somewhat like those fabulous ballroom dancers, in their flamboyant costumes and sharp makeup and hair. Oh what a show they put on!

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  11. Ann Mackay says:

    Amazing colours and metallic looks. I was amused at the idea of you chasing after these flies – I do the same with bees. ๐Ÿ™‚


  12. Very Nice Steve! And very Sharp images!!

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  13. Todd Henson says:

    I’m always impressed when seeing these types of insects up close like this. Really amazing details and colors and so easily overlooked without that extra magnification. Glad you were able to get these.

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    • The more we get to see of the smaller amongst us the more amazed I am at their physical characteristics and how evolution has led them to develop such interesting and useful features. Everything is there with a purpose.Thanks, Todd!


  14. bluebrightly says:

    I love those colors – iridescence in insects is so beautiful.

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