Empis tessellata with Prey

e6filmusere6filmuser e6filmuserRegistered Users Posts: 2,796 Major grins

I had given up finding more Rhingia when I saw one on some long, wild grass. The skies were darkening and light rain began to fall. I didn't get to frame the fly.

With rain still falling, I patrolled the local vegetation. After a while, I saw a dark shape on a leaf. It looked like a pair of large flies mating. When I got close I could see that it was a large Dance Fly. It was grasping, under its body, a fly of similar size and colour but with different antennae and much longer thoracic setae.

The light being poor, I tried various apertures, not wanting to use even higher ISO. The IS was not doing a very good job and many images had motion blur. The three I am uploading are not as sharp as I would like but I think they are worth sharing. Note the tiny droplets of rainwater on its head and legs.

The stereos are crosseye.

Olympus EM-1 (aperture priority), Olympus 4/3 x2 TC, Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro,1/30 or 1/50 at f9 or f11, hand-held.


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