When it comes to odd and beautiful evolutionary tangents, the compound eyes of insects have to be at the top of the list for specialization, other-worldliness and beauty. I just love how the ommatidia of insect eyes are faintly iridescent, and at once both individual units and a larger whole.
Shikhei Goh has a huge gallery of macro photos of insect eyes here, and they are phenomenal.
I call this guy “Wilford Brimley”.
Previously: Did you catch this three-dimensional view of a fruit fly embryo’s development, cell by cell?
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Long-legged Green Fly
Very beautiful and very small, they perch on board leaves and keep guarding their territory. Very agile and quick flier. They are very common to see, if you look very keenly.
I have seen many specimens before and none had the black spots on the wings like this and the colors are very intense. There is one more specimen in WS which does not have the black spots.
Photo and Info: nagaraj vn
RUBY TAILED WASP
Ruby tailed wasps or Cuckoo Wasps are ‘parasitoids’ meaning that they eventually kill their hosts. Chrysis ignita parasitizes Mason Bees - the females lay their eggs in the same nest as mason bees, so, when the ruby-tailed wasp larvae hatch, they feed on the mason bee larvae. Ruby tailed wasps do have a sting but it is not functional and most species have no venom.
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Strange Little Robber Fly - (Holcocephala fusca)
Photo: Thomas Shahan
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