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Balancing Act
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Published: July 30, 2014
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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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960x640px 300.61 KB
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/125 second
Focal Length
100 mm
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Date Taken
Jul 12, 2014, 11:06:41 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows
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Wow , great shot!
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Stunning capture, well deserved DD :) (Smile) 
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Great Work .. :D ..
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stunning shot!
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Wowww composition,detail,good capture.
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Such a perfect click..beautiful..!
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nice shot! the perfect moment in time.
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This photo is so fly.
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Congratulations on the DD! :w00t:
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one of the most interesting focus and colour effects I have seen in photography... stunning. Thank you!
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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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Stunning, exquisite shot! :love: 
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1 word...
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Just awesome :)
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The depth of field is just wonderful.
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...so worth it!
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congrats to the well deserved DD, it's an amazing shot :clap:
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Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
I’m very happy for you!!! :iconloveloveplz: :tighthug:
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Congratulations to the well deserved DD, looks awesome!
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