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Old Sep 4, 2007, 7:11 AM   #1
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I think so, anyway. Dipterans are such a deceptive bunch.
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Old Sep 4, 2007, 12:12 PM   #2
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I think so, anyway. Dipterans are such a deceptive bunch.
That they are - the less common Stratiomyids (Soldier flies) are also bee and wasp mimics and have largespreading antennae more like this than do the numerous Syrphids, most of which have much smaller forward pointingantennae. Mimics mimicking mimics?? We assume the yellow stripes are warning patterns, but when the mimics outnumber the models is that assumption really valid?


Good shot, anyway -looks like a pretty small fly. Which lens are you using?
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Old Sep 4, 2007, 5:03 PM   #3
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It was actually the kit lens with my Pentax *stDS, the 18-55. I was shooting landscapes, and I noticed this little fellow on a Yucca plant. There were also some assassin bugs gathered in the blossoms:



Call me an entomologist wannabee.


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Old Sep 4, 2007, 6:05 PM   #4
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Nice going. Proves again how good the kit lens is. If these were hand held, youhave a steadier hand than I - I found the *ist D the most intuitive camera I had ever used, but it has sat largely unused since the advent of the K series - Irarely attempt a close up/macro shot any more without IS, but you show it can be done. Or were you using a tripod?
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No tripod. I wasn't even thinking about insects. I was doing landscapes, and these just happened to catch my notice.

I'm consistently surprised by how good a camera/lens system this the *istDs is.


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