The photo above is of a fine specimen of Thricops diaphanous, a member of the Muscidae—the family of flies that includes, amongst other species, the common housefly, Musca domestica. Apparently Thricops diaphanous is a Holarctic species which means it is very widely distributed throughout the northern continents of the world (North America, Europe and Asia; and possibly North Africa).
These are beautiful little flies with their yellow bodies and red eyes. Given their colours and widespread distribution, it’s almost odd that I don’t recall ever having seen one before. Clearly I haven’t spent enough of my life observing flies! I’m working to correct that…
I photographed this little beast last weekend on Deas Island, my favourite place to go bug hunting with my camera.
The technical stuff:
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5
Lens: Zuiko 60mm micro four thirds macro
Settings: manual exposure (F11 @ 1/200 sec)
Lighting: Olympus FL-36 flash (on TTL)