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Proboscis of a Flesh Fly

 
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Beatsy



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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 3:49 pm    Post subject: Proboscis of a Flesh Fly Reply with quote

Just a quick reminder now barbie-season is almost upon us (in the Northern Hemisphere anyway). When you see a fly sat on your food, this is what he's dabbling in the stomach contents he sicked-up on it. Bon appetit! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice image!

This looks like the same structure that I explored in http://www.photomacrography.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16216 , http://www.photomacrography.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16257 , and the overview athttp://www.photomacrography.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16348 .

Do those look about right, at least as far as you can tell without seeing stereo?

--Rik

Edit: I just saw your other post at http://www.photomacrography.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=37179 . So, a different sort of fly, but quite similar proboscis.
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Beatsy



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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Rik. Great set at the links you provided. The details on mine weren't as well defined as I'd hoped, so I didn't bother going in closer. Don't know if that was my photography or the proboscis itself. This was taken with a 20x Mitty on a 200mm tube lens and APS-C (and cropped) so I only had 50x left to go anyway. Having said that, a blowfly is nearly twice the size of a flesh fly, and this one has dried over a couple of days too, so those could be factors.

Sounds like you need more practice interpreting 2d images too Very Happy
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Olympusman



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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 11:28 am    Post subject: Flesh Fly Reply with quote

Another nice stack, dude. I believe that we microscopists swim in a sea of experience and observation
unknown to the masses. A few years ago I had an exhibit of insect macros and all of the viewers had no idea what was living around them.
On another note, the diversity of mouth parts in Diptera is bewildering.
A moose, a mouse and a human all have pretty much the same mouth parts.

Mike
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 6:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Proboscis of a Flesh Fly Reply with quote

Beatsy wrote:
Just a quick reminder now barbie-season is almost upon us (in the Northern Hemisphere anyway). When you see a fly sat on your food, this is what he's dabbling in the stomach contents he sicked-up on it. Bon appetit! Very Happy

H.R. Geiger never thought of anything like that.
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