Smile! The world is a beautiful place (^_^)


Flies are annoying little creatures whose only point in life is to serve as food for other animals, right? No, that’s not entirely true. Without flies, we would be knee deep in rotting food, feces, decaying vegetation, animal corpses, etc. So even though flies can be incredibly irritating: consider a world without them..

Here are a couple of snipe flies, more specifically identified as Chrysopilus splendidus. Such a nice name, sounds a bit like a spell from the Harry Potter books, doesn’t it! πŸ™‚

Chrysopilus is a worldwide genus of predatory snipe flies, there are about 300 species in the genus, including fossils found in amber.



14 responses

  1. Hi 😎
    More great macro shots! Ace!!

    June 11, 2017 at 6:52 PM

    • Thanks so much, John! At least the flies cooperates with the photographer.. unlike some others (yes, butterflies, we’re looking at you) πŸ™‚

      June 11, 2017 at 8:03 PM

  2. Wonderful shots, Camilla. These flies look a bit like our robber flies, including one of my favorites, the Red-footed Cannibalfly. I wonder if they are related.

    June 12, 2017 at 12:58 PM

    • Thanks Mike! I agree there are some similarities between snipe flies and robber flies, but they are not related.

      June 12, 2017 at 1:25 PM

  3. Superb macros Camilla!

    June 12, 2017 at 1:21 PM

  4. These are cracking images Camilla….very sharp

    June 12, 2017 at 5:40 PM

  5. Informative post and terrific photographs.

    June 17, 2017 at 7:10 PM

  6. OK, I can handle these guys! You make them so pretty….

    June 18, 2017 at 12:31 AM

  7. If I saw one of these I think I’d be tempted at first glance to fear it was a wasp. There’s lot of flies that look a little like wasps. Great capture you got! Yes, we do need those flies, they eat just about everything dead. Back in the 80’s the use of too much pesticide almost wiped out wasps in Australia. In fact I think to some extent that was the intention. We don’t need wasps… so they thought. Then the plagues of flies that the wasp would normally feast on took over and destroyed the crops growing in the fields. Luckily they managed to put that back in balance before there was total devastation. It’s hard to believe that anyone would have thought such ideas up. They obviously weren’t doing the nature maths!!! πŸ˜€

    June 27, 2017 at 6:44 PM

    • Thanks Suzy! These are much smaller than wasps, about the size of a mosquito. Thanks for sharing that story, perfect example of man interfering and distorting balance in nature! πŸ™‚

      June 27, 2017 at 7:37 PM

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