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Banana Stalk Fly by melvynyeo Banana Stalk Fly by melvynyeo
Banana Stalk Flies, Telostylinus lineolatus, in the family Neriidae, the Stilt Legged Flies.

Neriidae is a relatively small family of true flies (Diptera) with long, stilt-like legs. Most species are found in the tropics. Neriids have very interesting behaviours, and many species are strikingly sexually dimorphic, with males having much longer legs, heads and/or antennae than females. Like piophilid flies, neriid larvae have the ability to leap during the stage just before pupation when they migrate from the larval feeding substrate to the pupation site. Very little research has been done on this interesting group of flies.

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otas32 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Love the colors on this guy Melvyn :)
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Thanks my friend ! :)
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Zippo4k Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
How do you manage to get such great close-ups without spooking the insects? How close to them do you actually get?
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Should be around 4-5 inches from lens tip to insect. They do get spooked when i flashed them but they like to hang around the same tree so it's easy to find a willing subject :)
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oolafpratt Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous shot. What a beautiful little fly.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Thank you! They are indeed beautiful!
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ratravarman Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Almost looks like and alien fly! :clap:
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
ALmost! :) Thanks!
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ratravarman Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:bug:
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gigi50 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Cute it does have a banana feel to it :rofl::rofl::rofl:
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