In my last post about photographing spiders on Deas Island (Macro photography in the field: more spiders of Deas Island) I included two pictures of a “very ambitious long-jawed orb weaver spider” that had caught a much larger fly. At the time I wrote that I didn’t know what kind of fly it was. Well, I finally found out that it was a snipe fly (Rhagio tringarius) which, as it turns out, was introduced to British Columbia from Europe.
It also turns out that I photographed one of these flies on my first excursion to Deas Island (Macro photography in the field: bug hunting with a camera on Deas Island). I really liked the picture, but I had no idea what it was and decided not to post it until I had it identified. I guess this picture is kind of the “before” photo and ones with the spider are the “after”.
I have to say that this was a pretty cool looking fly—and by now you should already know that I love photographing flies! Now I’m keen to find another and get some more photos. I’d especially love to get a closer picture of those gorgeous eyes. I sense another trip to Deas Island coming up…
The technical stuff:
Camera: Olympus E-620 digital SLR
Lens: Zuiko 35mm macro
Settings: manual exposure (F11 @ 1/60 sec)
Lighting: On-camera flash (manual; full power)