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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 Nov 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Love the colors on this guy Melvyn :)
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:iconmelvynyeo:
Thanks my friend ! :)
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:iconzippo4k:
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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:iconmelvynyeo:
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 Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous shot. What a beautiful little fly.
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:iconmelvynyeo:
Thank you! They are indeed beautiful!
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ratravarman Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Almost looks like and alien fly! :clap:
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:iconmelvynyeo:
ALmost! :) Thanks!
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ratravarman Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:bug:
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gigi50 Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Cute it does have a banana feel to it :rofl::rofl::rofl:
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