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    Default Scorpion Fly - Female

    This was also created at Sanjay Gandhi NP.

    Sony H50 | F2.7 | 1/40 | ISO-160 | Auto Fucus - Macro

    Abhishek was keeping extra interest in this insect (size 2 cm). Later came to know this was really amazing and different from many others.

    This is female. Male has a prominent sting (same like scorpion) at its tail (it is male genital just for mating purpose).

    Whereas female doesn't have that sting.

    Waiting for Abhishek's shot

    Extra Innings: During mating, male offers a gift (caterpillar, small flies, bugs etc) to female. At the same time he secrets pheromone from his abdomen which attracts female. If female accepts his gift then male can continue with mating after searching her genital of his own. During copulation female spends her time in eating that food gift. Interestingly male has to offer a bigger gift, so female can eat it for more time. Once food is over, female will leave the male. So, they have to mate for several times in a single day, depending on the size of the gift/food.
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    Thanks & Regards
    Sagar Patil,
    Thane

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    Good you got the ID... Indeed, I instantly became a fan of this creature Thanks for the extra info.
    Why is there so much noise here? Big crop? Also, a high aperture is always needed for macro shooting.
    I too could only get record shots :-(...I'll check and post if they're good. I think it was drizzling that time.

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    I wish you had moved to the other side so that the bright white stalk would not passed behind the head of this interesting insect. Also, You seem to be pointing your camera down. A lower angle would have been better in this case. The information about this scorpion fly is certainly interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers,
    Sabyasachi

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    Nice image. I think I had pointed out the white stick in the BG when you had taken the photograph. I think you had clicked a few images after that too, do post if you have any. Thanks for the interesting information.

    Waititng to see Abhishek's photographs too.
    Regards,
    Mrudul Godbole

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    Agree with Mrudul about the stick in the BG. The noise?
    Regards,
    Bibhav Behera
    www.bibhavbehera.com

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