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Mayfly with beautiful iridescence wing

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Taken at night in Malaysia forest.
More about iridescence wings here [link]

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The lifespan of an adult mayfly is very short and varies depending on the species. The primary function of the adult is reproduction; the mouthparts are vestigial, and the digestive system is filled with air.

The wings are membranous, with extensive venation, and are held upright like those of a butterfly. The hindwings are much smaller than the forewings, and may be vestigial or absent. The second segment of the thorax, which bears the forewings, is enlarged, holding the main flight muscles.

Adults have short, flexible antennae, large compound eyes and three ocelli. In most species, the males' eyes are large and the front legs unusually long, for use in locating and grasping females during mid-air mating. In some species, all legs aside from the males' front legs are useless. Uniquely among insects, mayflies possess paired genitalia, with the male having two penises and the female two gonopores. The abdomen is roughly cylindrical, with 10 segments and two long cerci at the tip.
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parrotia's avatar
wings looks like stained glass, so beautiful
painter80's avatar
Stunning. The colors are absolutely breathtaking!
carini's avatar
Dude these are great.
papillonmanga's avatar
Ephemeraptera or something along those lines for being so short lived...
Cypselurus's avatar
Looks like its praying..what can I say, simply beautiful.. :)
theLadyRez's avatar
It's saluting! lol. Beautiful image :D
SynapticBoomstick's avatar
Yup. Found my new desktop image. This shot is excellent.:thumbsup:

"To the air, destiny awaits!"
montygm's avatar
Great shot. The wings look like stained glass.
ForsakenRaptor's avatar
this is very awesome, what lens do you use again? . the detail and colors are perfect
MarcZingg's avatar
Hi, it' a great shot, with witch Objectiv you make that?
melvynyeo's avatar
Thank you! :)

Sorry, i don't quite get your question..
MarcZingg's avatar
With what lens this was made? :)
melvynyeo's avatar
I shot this with Canon 100mmL macro lens. :)
MarcZingg's avatar
A fixed focus lens 100mm, but Nikon is on my next wish ... :)
s-kmp's avatar
:w00t: This lovely piece has been featured here Raw-Nature Feature 23 at :iconraw-nature:
melvynyeo's avatar
Thank you for the feature! :)
s-kmp's avatar
My pleasure, I hope it gets the exposure that it deserves :hug:
s-kmp's avatar
:w00t: This lovely piece has been featured here in Donation Feature 6
melvynyeo's avatar
Thank you for the feature! :)
s-kmp's avatar
My pleasure :)
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:w00t: This lovely piece has been featured in the Donation Feature at :icontiny-worlds-photo:
melvynyeo's avatar
Thank you for the feature! :)
s-kmp's avatar
My pleasure :)
Gryffgirl's avatar
That is a beautiful insect!
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