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Eyes bigger than belly

This predatory fly has captured a hopper about twice its size. I am guessing it is now wondering how it will eat everything on its plate!

Eyes bigger than belly

This predatory fly has captured a hopper about twice its size. I am guessing it is now wondering how it will eat everything on its plate!

comments (19)

Very slowly Ray... superb macro as usual....petersmile
Ray: I believe the fly has a stiff tube for a mouth, Peter...first it pierces the victim's abdomen, then injects a "saliva" that liquifies the victim's internals, then sucks up the "soup". In this case there will be plenty of soup!
Just an amazing shot, Ray.
Ray: The fly let me in quite close for a couple of seconds, Frank, then carried its victim off somewhere that I couldn't get to with my camera.
Scary, creepy, but a brilliant photo!
Ray: This is happening on my new fence, Elizabeth. Nature has moved in before me!
Absolutely amazing, Ray!
Ray: I got a few shots, Ginnie, but especially liked this one for the focus on those legs that the fly seems to be utilising as a kind of cage.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Jul 2014, 06:40
Great stuff - literally in the case of this fly. He is emulating the feats of W J Phillips (no relation) who can eat a bacon buttie the size of a small car
Ray: Perhaps this is the fabled Billyfly, Chris...
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 25 Jul 2014, 07:00
I envy your wonderful lens, Ray - you have such fun with it, and we get to see, too
Ray: Canon's 100mm macro lens is probably the most used lens in my modest kit, Lisl.
One of your best macro Ray! Well done indeed.
Ray: I was very pleased to be allowed close to this action for a couple of seconds, Richard.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Jul 2014, 07:41
A very fine observation!
Ray: Small specks on a fence can be very interesting when investigated, Philine.
I suspect this is probably how all started, I mean food conservation, curation of ham, etc, Ray. (In Delhi, I spent 15 minutes following a similar scene, fascinating, as your image conveys)
Ray: Yes...supply : demand imbalance certainly triggered a number of Human behaviours, Juan Carlos...bartering, banking, trading, preserving...
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 25 Jul 2014, 08:45
That is plain greedy Ray, I want nothing to do with it.
Ray: I suppose you wait in the car when the Stooges have a buttie-run, Chad...
Perhaps it has a deep freeze back at home
Ray: Could be so, Bill...that also explains its sudden disappearance.
Incredible detail, Ray!
Ray: It let me get quite close for a couple of seconds, Martin.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Jul 2014, 09:07
Yes... good question. It will probably take heed from maybe having sight of the Great British Fat Belly who seems to have no problem eating super-sized portions of anything! A fabulous image.
Ray: Horrible to think other species might be studying the behaviour of humans, and trying to imitate them, Alan.
He's getting right in there. Amazing that he can fly with all that weight. Excellent shot!!
Ray: I doubt he flew very far, Mary.
wow..what a shot Ray!
Ray: I am pleased by your reaction, Aderonke.
Yech!
Ray: You don't fancy a snack of hopper, then, Tom?
Eyes too big for its tummy I think is the old saying.
Ray: That is where I was going, Brian.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 Jul 2014, 17:30
This fly happens to be a wasp, similar to this one http://bugguide.net/node/view/50589 What they do is to paralyse the victim, drag it off somewhere (some dig a hole and bury the victim), lay an egg in it. When the larvae emerges from the egg, it starts to consume the host, which remained alive but paralysed until party time. Some of these wasps, specialise in the type of victim, e.g. crickets or spiders.

Great shot.
Ray: I hear you, Maestro.

However...I have a recollection that wasps have 4 wings but flies have only 2...I called this insect out as fly for this reason.

Still...you may well be right!
Fascinating capture, Ray. It's a likey for me.

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