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WOW! A DD!!! Thanks everyone for your kind comments and hosagu.deviantart.com/ for suggesting and marcosrodriguez.deviantart.com… for the feature! :)

A simple shot of a fly balancing on 2 legs... and a raindrop.  Taken at night in Singapore.

Quote from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly
Flies are adapted for aerial movement and typically have short and streamlined bodies. The first tagma of the fly, the head, consists of ocelli, antennae, compound eyes, and the mouthparts (the labrum, labium, mandible and maxilla make up the mouthparts). The second tagma, the thorax, bears the wings and contains the flight muscles on the second segment, which is greatly enlarged; the first and third segments have been reduced to collar-like structures. The third segment of the thorax bears the halteres, which help to balance the insect during flight. A further adaptation for flight is the reduction in number of the neural ganglia, and concentration of nerve tissue in the thorax, a feature that is most extreme in the highly derived Muscomorpha infraorder.[4]

Flies have a mobile head with eyes and in most cases have large compound eyes on the sides of the head, with three small ocelli on the top. For visual course control, flies optic flow field is analyzed by a set of motion-sensitive neurons.[5] A subset of these neurons is thought to be involved in using the optic flow to estimate the parameters of self-motion, such as yaw, roll, and sideward translation.[6] Other neurons are thought to be involved in analyzing the content of the visual scene itself, such as separating figures from ground using motion parallax.[7][8] The H1 neuron is responsible for detecting horizontal motion across the entire visual field of the fly, allowing the fly to generate and guide stabilizing motor corrections mid-flight with respect to yaw.[9] The antennae take a variety of forms, but are often short, which reduces drag while flying.

Because no species of fly has teeth or any other organ or limb that allows them to eat solid foods, flies consume only liquid food or finely granular foods, such as pollen, and their mouthparts and digestive tracts show various modifications for such diets. Female Tabanidae use knife-like mandibles and maxillae to make a cross-shaped incision in the hosts' skin and then lap up the blood. The gut includes large diverticulae, allowing the insect to store small quantities of liquid after a meal.[4]

For detailed anatomy explore[10] which uses examples from the 4 major fly groups (Lower Diptera, Lower Brachycera, Acalyptrate, Calyptrate) representing different anatomical expressions.
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Balancing Act by melvynyeo
Sugester said: "This shot is well composed, and so crystal clear. The bokeh on the leaf is astonishing, the fly and the water drop are gorgeous. It is a very inspiring shot." ( Suggested by hosagu and Featured by MarcosRodriguez )
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A7XFan666 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
great shot ^^
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SaskiaAnnerie Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow , great shot!
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Mendipman Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  New member Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning capture, well deserved DD :) (Smile) 
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wuestenbrand Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Work .. :D ..
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HubcapCreatures Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
stunning shot!
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igdsaputra Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
Wowww composition,detail,good capture.
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GayatriS Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Such a perfect click..beautiful..!
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noramorrison Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice shot! the perfect moment in time.
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Dragondud Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
This photo is so fly.
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n-l-e Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
wow!!
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AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations on the DD! :w00t:
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poltiser Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
one of the most interesting focus and colour effects I have seen in photography... stunning. Thank you!
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
OMG! That is an incredible shot! How you got that focus just right, I don't know, but it's amazing! Congrats on the DD!
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ChristinneBlacker Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional Photographer
Stunning, exquisite shot! :love: 
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Iarewizurd Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student General Artist
1 word...
AMAZING
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TheAncynt Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Just awesome :)
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Unclemaxdesigns Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
The depth of field is just wonderful.
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iorguDesign Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
...so worth it!
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Cursivedragon Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Nice.
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Nexu4 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
congrats to the well deserved DD, it's an amazing shot :clap:
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Hubert11 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
SUBLIME !!!! Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap  

                                              Nod Nod Nod Nod Nod Nod  As all the photos of your galery Hi! 
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
I’m very happy for you!!! :iconloveloveplz: :tighthug:
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myINQI Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations to the well deserved DD, looks awesome!
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NicolasDominique Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really lovely shot :)
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Great Work .. :D ..
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SirCassie Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love when images are so clear and crisp:heart: wonderful job! 
Congrats on the well deserved DD:hug:
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
:onfire: ... excellent!
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GraphiteOnPaper Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
so neat
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VicDeS-P Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
Wow... O_o beautiful
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AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous!
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ThisIsDave Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Student Filmographer
oh my god this is amazing
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, your wonderful work has been featured in the latest devPREMIUM's Weekly Macro Spotlight Vol. 127. Best regards!!
MarcosRodriguez, Curator of the Macro Gallery at devPREMIUM
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Makapingo Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
WOW! Super shot. BRAVO!!! Wow! 
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Adanel Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
That's a beautiful shot! You were very lucky!
And the fly itself is pretty, with warm colors.

Thank you also for the text about flies, it's very interresting and instructive!
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