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Challenge: Extended Free Study 2022-03 (Extended Editing)
Collection: 2021-2022 - CHALLENGES & outtakes etc
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro
Date: Apr 12, 2022
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: Apr 12, 2022

this is an extremely small fruit fly .. they measure approx 3mm long (1/8th inch) including the wings ..

i was taking tod for a walk in the long grass not expecting anything .. and saw a tiny dot of red/orange .. it was this fruit fly .. would have been invisible if it hadnt been on the green blade of grass .. got down to its level and took a few shots .. loved how the blade of grass formed a waving pattern and how particularly cute the little fly looked ..
tod came and scared it away .. but i got what i wanted .. :)

some interesting fruit fly facts ..

The fruit fly is a species of the common housefly known as Drosophila melanogaster (try saying that three times fast!) and is distinguished by its red eyes (dark-coloured in some species) tan thorax and black abdomen (although this can vary slightly between different sub-groups). They get their name because of their strong attraction to ripening or rotting fruit, which serves as a food source as well as a place to lay their eggs.

Adult fruit flies typically reach 3-4 mm in length and live 40 to 50 days. While fruit flies are most active during the fall harvest, they can be pests inside a home throughout the year. As you might imagine, fruit flies are also steady (although non-paying) customers in grocery store produce sections, and they love to hover around dumpsters, garbage cans or anywhere else they can scrounge a free, fruity meal.

All About Fruit Fly Reproduction
Fruit flies exhibit the typical four-stage insect reproductive of egg-larvae-pupae-adult. The larvae begin feeding on decaying fruit immediately upon hatching. It takes about one to two weeks to complete the entire metamorphosis. What makes fruit flies so difficult to control is that one female fruit fly can lay as many as 500 eggs in her short lifespan.

Fruit Fly Habitat
A common fruit fly habitat includes homes, grocery stores, restaurants and anywhere else that food may be rotting and fermenting. Most noticeable summer through fall, fruit flies can be a nuisance year round.

As the name implies, fruit flies are attracted to fruits, as well as vegetables, sitting out on store shelves, in bowls in kitchens, and ripening in the garden. They also breed in drains, garbage disposals, trash containers, empty beer and soda bottles or cans, and soppy mops and buckets. Fruit flies only need fermenting fruit or a moist film of organic material to breed and thrive.

Other Interesting Fruit Fly Facts You Might Not Know
A fruit fly fact that might surprise you is that these little buggers are quite fond of beer and wine! It’s not that they crave alcohol – you probably won’t see a fruit fly at an AA meeting anytime soon – they’re just drawn to any type of fermenting food source.

Fruit flies are also a valuable asset to scientists performing genetic research, since fruit flies and humans share 75% of those genes which cause disease. Their short lifespan is also amenable to examining changes and mutations that can occur between birth and death."

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04/27/2022 02:00:58 AM
Congrats on this, another amazing insect photo! 75% similar to human DNA - that must be the genes that make them so annoying. ;P
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04/26/2022 09:11:08 AM
I love the colors and the softness of this image almost cartoon like giving the fly a sweet personality.
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04/22/2022 04:02:52 PM
Congratulations on your finish! I knew this was you! LOL
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/20/2022 12:52:41 AM
Those tones... masterfully done!
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04/18/2022 05:53:34 PM
Ohhhhhh - how dreamy. This has to be Roz …. Love that pale subtle green. Nice!!
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