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Lanternfly with parasitic flies!

 
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May 11, 2012 04:20 |  #1

A poor lanternfly (Pyrops oculata) with parasitic flies. Ceratopogonidae?

I didn't notice the flies at the time of shooting.

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Pyrops oculata with parasitic flies...IMG_4642 copy (external link) by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot​.com) (external link), on Flickr

4 days later, the flies were still there. Never notice these on all other pyrops I have photographed.
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Pyrops oculata lanternfly with parasitic flies...IMG_4829b copy (external link) by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot​.com) (external link), on Flickr

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Pyrops oculata lanternfly with parasitic flies...IMG_4829 crop (external link) by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot​.com) (external link), on Flickr

This poor Pyrops oculata lanterfly was clearly bugged by the parasitic flies. Watch the clip and see how the lanternfly used its right front leg to chase the flies away. The flies kept coming back though. Watch this short clip i made from a few stills and a video recording with my point and shoot (compact).

http://youtu.be/tYcRiz​h8LJQ (external link)

Complete story here: http://orionmystery.bl​ogspot.com …with-parasitic-flies.html (external link)

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May 11, 2012 06:09 |  #2

wonderful shots, Kurt... esp like #2... well spotted!

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May 11, 2012 07:31 |  #3

Natuurfreak wrote in post #14414999 (external link)
wonderful shots, Kurt... esp like #2... well spotted!

Rob,

Thanks Rob.


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May 11, 2012 08:39 |  #4

wow, incredible shots, 2 and 3 just blow my mind. seeing images like this in the macro section are awesome, it amazes me how or why some of these insects evolved the way they did.




  
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May 11, 2012 09:08 |  #5

Wonderful captures Kurt. The vid is cool too.


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May 11, 2012 09:10 as a reply to  @ BasAndrews's post |  #6

excellent find!


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May 11, 2012 13:34 |  #7

neat captures, Kurt




  
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May 12, 2012 00:44 |  #8

Interesting captures Kurt
Brian v.


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May 12, 2012 03:06 |  #9

LordV wrote in post #14419431 (external link)
Interesting captures Kurt
Brian v.

dgraham329 wrote in post #14416704 (external link)
neat captures, Kurt

Martin G. wrote in post #14415501 (external link)
excellent find!

BasAndrews wrote in post #14415490 (external link)
Wonderful captures Kurt. The vid is cool too.

rick_reno wrote in post #14415357 (external link)
wow, incredible shots, 2 and 3 just blow my mind. seeing images like this in the macro section are awesome, it amazes me how or why some of these insects evolved the way they did.

Thanks for looking and commenting, Brian, Dean, Martin, Bas, Rick. Much appreciated!


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May 12, 2012 03:23 |  #10

very interesting and well documented


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May 12, 2012 22:54 |  #11

racketman wrote in post #14419804 (external link)
very interesting and well documented

Thanks Toby.


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May 13, 2012 21:35 |  #12

Great shot. Thanks for sharing the details.




  
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May 13, 2012 22:42 |  #13

Oikos wrote in post #14427150 (external link)
Great shot. Thanks for sharing the details.

Thanks Oikos.


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