March Fly on Verticordia by outsider

Kings Park – Perth WA – The first hot day of spring meant the insects were out and about. I noticed it supping on the nectar of tiny Verticordia flowers, in a late afternoon patch of sunlight. This one had the wingspan of a B52 bomber.

March Flies can draw blood, as many a bush walker will testify, but they also play an important role in the pollination of native flowers.

Taken with a Nikon D80, Sigma EX DG 105mm F2.8 Macro, Sigma EM 140DG Ring Flash – ISO 100, F8 @ 1/100 – Macro 1/1

As is – no post capture manipulation.


  • Lass With a Camera
    Lass With a Ca...over 6 years ago

    The fly contrasted against the bright yellow of the flower is lovely!

  • Trevor Needham
    Trevor Needhamover 6 years ago

    Great shot, outsider – beautiful detail on the wings.

  • David Lade
    David Ladeover 6 years ago

    A very good shot Outsider – lots of detail and great background!

  • outsider
    outsiderover 6 years ago

    Thanks for your encouragement David – great to hear from someone from one of my favourite places.

  • solidfusion
    solidfusionover 6 years ago

    I like this.. alot :)

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroover 6 years ago

    congratulations on the feature,, well done

  • JanT
    JanTabout 6 years ago

    I never thought I’d write about a fly with admiration, but you’ve forced this out of me: the way you captured this fly’s translucent wings is just beautiful. Particularly lovely against the vivid yellow. I’m not sure I like them any better, but I’m glad that I can see the beauty. As long as they’re not biting me.

  • Thanks Jan – they are evil little devils – they’ll even try to bite you through a leather boot! Thanks for your kind comment.

    – outsider

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanabout 6 years ago

    what a beauty … critter and photography!!!!!! Love the light glistening on the wings … all the colors work so beautifully together!!!! I must say, we have a B52-shaped fly here as well … the common name for them is horse fly … not a clue what they really are … and OOOO yes, they DO bite, too!!!! Here being mid-atlantic states of the US.

  • Thanks for your comments Lois. I imagine the flies are pretty quiet where you are at the moment. Bit cold for them? We’re just moving out of summer here – here being Western Australia.

    – outsider

  • Johan  Nijenhuis
    Johan Nijenhuisover 3 years ago

  • ienemien
    ienemienover 3 years ago

    Congratulations with your Feature

    in Butterflies, Skippers, Moths, & Other Winged Insects

    Warm greetings from Ien

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