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Wow! This is different!
Posted By: eaglem, 04-23-2010, 03:47 AM

Never seen a fly do this before.


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04-23-2010, 03:50 AM   #2
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Here's another

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Nice capture!

So if you are a fly you don't need a glass for your drink, you can carry it in the surface tension!
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Yes it looks that way...........Thanks for the comment.

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Yes, exactly! This is a fly drinking. They must penetrate that little bubble with their mouthparts, but the water resists them. There was a wonderful SF story written from this perspective, by James Blish, called "Surface Tension". I am reminded of it when I see macros like this. It is a science-fiction world down there, isn't it?
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QuoteOriginally posted by rparmar Quote
Yes, exactly! This is a fly drinking. They must penetrate that little bubble with their mouthparts, but the water resists them. There was a wonderful SF story written from this perspective, by James Blish, called "Surface Tension". I am reminded of it when I see macros like this. It is a science-fiction world down there, isn't it?
Every time I go into the garden it's a new world with different adventures. Thanks for the comment.
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Wow, I have definitely have never seen a fly doing that before!. However, I do agree that the fly is drinking, which is really cool. I also like how close you got with this macro, it really shows the detail on the fly really well.

Thanks for sharing,
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Thanks, it surprised me as well because you can even see the details in the drop of the fly's leg and considering how small that drop is I find it amazing. I'm very pleased with this set.

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Fly's actually secrete saliva like that before they eat. It is also part of digestion in is a process of digestion during which the food is brought up from the crop bit by bit and is mixed with saliva before being passed on to the digestive tract. More recent scientists don't like the older term "regurgitation" but it has also been applied to these.
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Yeah I think I saw that in the remake of the film "The Fly". I get all my best biological information from Cronenberg!
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Thanks for the C&C and nature study lessons..........I love to learn.
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QuoteOriginally posted by eaglem Quote
Thanks for the C&C and nature study lessons..........I love to learn.
I happen to be an entomology and biology professor. That's why I have a tendency to look through the macro and nature postings here. I like your shots. bigthumbsup
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Why thank you, that means a lot.
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