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Fly Bubble Blowing

One reason I am hooked on macro is that it lets me see and record things that I have never seen before and this little sequence is one of those moment.

I had just set up for another session when I spotted this small fly on our variegated Laurel and it looked a bit odd.

The only angle I could get on it was across the shrub shooting toward the sun so its a bit of a distant shot and quite "flashed" but I hope you find it as interesting as I did (even though its pretty gruesome )

All are unresized crops to about 600 pixel on the longest side

Here it has it tongue extruded and you can see a slit / hole in the end of it



This was what I saw first, which is why it looked a bit odd



and this is a face on view



the flies seem to spend a long time taking something of the surface of the Laurel, which I guess is what is the cause of the greenish tint to the bubble?

I've never seen this before, can anyone throw any light on what its doing (other than chewing bubble gum? )
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Re: Fly Bubble Blowing

Interesting behavioural shots, Allegedly regurgitating aerates the semi-digested food and helps in the oxidation processes. Speeds up digestion
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Re: Fly Bubble Blowing

Thanks Tim, I knew someone would have the answer (we're a clever lot here )
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Re: Fly Bubble Blowing

A great sequence and gruesome indeed, Brian. Personally, rather than my camera I would have gone for the Mortein.
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Re: Fly Bubble Blowing

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How unkind Mark

(although I must confess that when they come indoors I am a bit less forgiving )

I have come to look on flies rather like I do Vultures, they do a very important job in waste disposal (without them we would be up to our necks in dead bodies and the like) and if you look hard enough there is a certain fascination (even beauty, dare I say it )
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Re: Fly Bubble Blowing

Great set of images and a fine presentation.
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How unkind Mark (although I must confess that when they come indoors I am a bit less forgiving ) I have come to look on flies rather like I do Vultures, they do a very important job in waste disposal (without them we would be up to our necks in dead bodies and the like) and if you look hard enough there is a certain fascination (even beauty, dare I say it )
I don't know what it is about me that attracts them so persistently, Brian as I am fastidious about personal hygiene.
For example on Sunday at Moomba there were a million people in the crowd and only one fly, but it found me!
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