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Balancing Act by melvynyeo Balancing Act by melvynyeo
WOW! A DD!!! Thanks everyone for your kind comments and for suggesting and… for the feature! :)

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

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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 )
wuestenbrand Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Work .. :D ..
HubcapCreatures Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
stunning shot!
igdsaputra Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
Wowww composition,detail,good capture.
GayatriS Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Such a perfect click..beautiful..!
noramorrison Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice shot! the perfect moment in time.
Dragondud Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
This photo is so fly.
n-l-e Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations on the DD! :w00t:
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