Beauty is in the EYES of the beholder

November 6, 2011 § 2 Comments

There is a common saying that the eyes are the window to the soul. If that is true, then the Flower feeding March fly must have one of the most beautiful souls around.

The faceted eyes of most insects certainly have something captivating about them… I’m sure most macro shooters will remember the first time they really captured the true detail of these structures. When the eyes come with their own built in psychedelic light show it’s time to suit up and make sure you get the shot!

It’s not uncommon for these faceted type of eyes to show lovely colours when photographed using flash. I can honestly say however that I have never come across another subject where the colour is so vivid to the naked eye, even sitting in shade without direct sunlight.

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Flower feeding march fly

Flower feeding march fly


Flower feeding march fly (Scaptia auriflua)
Canon 5D, Full flash, MPE-65 @ 3.7x, 1.2x and 1.2x


The flower feeding march fly (Scaptia auriflua) is a species that I have only come across once before. On that occasion, the subject got the better of me and was off in a flurry before I even got the camera to my eye as I had stumbled upon the subject and really had no chance. This time I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of dazzling colour amongst the leaves and had the time and patience to approach in the right manner. Fortunately, this lovely lady was happy to sit still while I grabbed the shots.

On a scale of 1 to 10, march flies (also known as horseflies) tend to be at the lower end of the scale in terms of likeability for me. They don’t hesitate to latch on and bite and often draw blood thanks to their large size.

This species however is doing it’s part to restore the love… They feed exclusively on flowers, drinking nectar instead of blood, and with the incredible eyes and yellow body colouration, they are easy to appreciate!

Maybe there’s something to this vegetarian thing after all…

Flower feeding march fly

Flower feeding march fly

Burleigh sunrise

Flower feeding march fly (Scaptia auriflua)
Canon 5D, Full flash, MPE-65 @ 3.0x, 1.2x and 1.5x


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