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A long-tongued horse fly drinks from a flower in Arizona's Chiricahua mountains
A long-tongued horse fly takes a sip of nectar in Arizona's Chiricahua mountains.
100% crop of the same image.
100% crop of the same image.

photo details: Canon 65mm MP-E 1-5x  macro lens on a Canon EOS 20D
ISO 100, f/13, 1/250 sec, flash diffused through tracing paper

11 thoughts on “Slurp”

  1. Yeah, it doesn’t make sense to me either, but that’s standard terminology for a tightly cropped image represented at the original resolution. In other words, I didn’t shrink or re-size the image before cropping it in.

  2. Hi Alex,
    What’s the scientific name for this thing? The only info I can find for “long-tongued horse fly” is Philoliche aethiopica in South Africa.
    Gorgeous photos – I admire your talent!
    regards–ted

  3. Ted- I wish I knew. I’m not even sure that it’s really a Tabanid, although with those antennae I’m not sure what else it could be. Perhaps one of the fine diptera bloggers from NCSU will stop in and give us a hint…

  4. Esenbeckia, probably E. delta.

    It, like almost all other long-tongued horse flies, is in the Pangoniinae, the sister group to the rest of the family. Horseflies with more than 5 annulations on their antennal flagellum (postpedicel) are all pangoniines.

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