Rest in peace, little wasp.
This is a 1 Eurocent coin by the way, just to give you a proportion reference.

9 comments so far...

richy June 30, 2010, 07:39 AM
Sad and stunningly beautiful.
Quantumleaper June 30, 2010, 09:55 PM
Yes, it's a little touching when you see it up close, I must admit. We usually don't care so much about this tiny world that we don't have much access to when using only our bare eyes. But that's what makes macro photography so great, it's literally giving you insight into a new dimension :)
Dorota.Z June 30, 2010, 11:25 PM
Great macro!! :)
Martina Weber July 01, 2010, 05:07 PM
the death of a hidden beauty....ususally I chase them ;-)
Volker July 07, 2010, 05:46 PM
I'm speechless! Very good work! Never seen a fly with such a big sting. Maybe it's better she's dead. ;-)
Quantumleaper July 07, 2010, 06:23 PM
Thanks :) I haven't ever seen such a big sting on a fly either. Then again, it's almost impossible to notice since we don't have macro eyes. Keep in mind that this fly was about 3 mm small. I went for the closest possible focus distance here to achieve maximum magnification.
Gergana Vasileva July 09, 2010, 07:21 PM
Stunning image!

Guys, this is not a fly, but a tiny wasp. I think, it belongs to the cuckoo wasps (Chrysididae (Hymenoptera). I hope, Ivo will come around to identify it more precise.

Quantumleaper July 09, 2010, 07:52 PM
Thanks for enlightening us. I've never seen anything like it before, let alone ever given thought to taxonomy.
Gergana Vasileva July 09, 2010, 08:01 PM
:) LoL! my assistance is just a simple ray (moreover it's a question of my professional curiosity as a biologist:))).

All credits are for your wonderful photo!... and for your touching words about "the tiny word" I adore as well :)

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