Little Giant (Re-post)

(This post originally published in July 2010)

Last week I ran a private, in-the-field macro workshop for a photographer that had taken one of my digital photograph classes last fall. We went to the nearby prairie meadow that I have published posts on several times, knowing that there would be ample opportunities for macro photography with wildflowers and dragonflies. We had a wonderful time and my student had plenty of opportunities for some nice macro images. Near the end of our meadow work, we ran across an unidentified insect (fly?) on some wildflower leaves (if anyone knows the ID of these “little giants”, please let me know).  Update: since this post, this insect has been identified as a Texas Long-legged Fly (Condylostylus sipho).

The first image shows a good overall view of this little insect … a glistening gold/green color on the body, and what long legs on this little fellow!

Fly on wildflower leaf

 

While photographing this little guy, he suddenly flew off, but returned almost as quickly as he left. In his mouth was an even smaller, flying insect:

Fly with insect in mouth

 

Seems like most every field trip I make, I’m amazed at some facet of nature that bestows it’s beauty upon me … and today was no exception. In a few days, I will be sharing some more images from this incredible prairie meadow.

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