06.17.2022 A third entry anyone?

Every once in a while I get carried away with multiple posts.ย  And this one is in bad taste too.

If you are ever at an outdoor cafe and asked “What’ll you have?” as this guy flies by don’t say “what he’s having”.

Dung Fly-Scathophaga furcata

I had no idea the species I was photographing but loved the little dew drops on both the fly and grass blade. What’s in a name anyway?

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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16 Responses to 06.17.2022 A third entry anyone?

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Performs a valuable service, I’d say! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. I think itโ€™s an Anthomyiidae fly because tha anal vein of the wing seems to reaches the wing margin. But I would have to look at other characters on the specimen to be sure.

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    • While I enjoy watching and photographing insects I admittedly am not an entomologist so rely on others for the harder to ID species. In this case it is a suggestion from someone on BG.N. So you could be correct and I’d bow to your knowledge before my own. ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess having a root-maggot’s dinner is preferable to a dung fly’s. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Wally Jones says:

    I don’t care what you call it, the photograph is terrific!

    I’ll bet her/his mother thinks he/she is adorable.

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  4. Dave Ply says:

    Maybe those little dew drops are really dung-on donuts.

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  5. Todd Henson says:

    What’s in a name? Well, I happened by a pile of it a couple weeks back, and it was covered in life. I found the life fascinating but just couldn’t bring myself to bend over and photograph it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • We are huge. But among the tiniest organisms in our ecosystem is an enormous number of decomposers.
      The only time I’ve photographed animal poop has been with a lens of some length. Most often it’s fairly aged and without much smell but I prefer distance just the same. Fortunately I couldn’t smell this guys breath.


  6. melissabluefineart says:

    With all these cool insects to share, how could you possibly limit yourself? What a treat to see them and this is a beautiful portrait of a dung fly. I knew about dung beetles, of course..

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