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Stalk-eyed Fly

Diasemopsis (Chaetodiopsis) meigenii

Description:

Found about seven flies on the same plant. They seemed to be resting on this place. They were very calm and still. Size about 10mm

Habitat:

Hotel garden. Unknown plant.


1 species ID suggestions

Stalk-eyed Fly
Diasemopsis (Chaetodiopsis) meigenii

14 Comments

Tiz
Tiz 4 years ago

Thank you for your ID Hans!

Tiz
Tiz 5 years ago

Kel, I like your comment about this fly. I think you have a valid point regarding this fly being the "joke of nature"... ;)

Thank you Sergio and Beaker, your comments are very inspiring!

Thank you Rams and Riekos :)

Leuba and Mark, I guess that is is easy to do a full body exam with eyes like this... And of course the males compares body parts, it's in our nature :P I guess Leuba, that it must be more vulnerable to have this eye setup. But perhaps one eye works just good enough for them. I wonder if the stalk is movable or not.

Sintija, wise comment. I really hope you find them too :)

Tom, thak you for your comment. Too bad I did not understand that it was a jackpot until I uploaded them here. I should have explored them a bit more I think...

Tom15
Tom15 5 years ago

Great find and pics Tina! You really hit the jackpot with 7 all in the same place!

Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 5 years ago

Not evolution in general, specific case of natural selection - sexual selection is to blame. Females choose those males who have eyes further away from each other ;) and slowly they move away even more.
Amazing spotting, I want to see them, too! :))

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Ha ha! Imagine the view. I wonder if the males compete over eye-width.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 years ago

They look cute all together in pic 3. Wonder if the eyes are vulnerable at all ?
Great spotting Tiz !

rams4d
rams4d 5 years ago

Nice spot

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

I love your bugs, Tiz. And the other critters too, of course... :-)

beaker98
beaker98 5 years ago

That is just bizarre and awesome at the same time! Great capture!

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 5 years ago

You are just sooooo lucky to see this! Great photos! I have always wanted to find some of these!

Sckel
Sckel 5 years ago

they are a joke of nature, como ornitorrincos e Condylura.

RiekoS
RiekoS 5 years ago

Interesting looking fly. I agree and wonder why these creatures were made this way.

Tiz
Tiz 5 years ago

I wonder how much they can move those "stalks"... And why evolution made them eyes this way. I agree Arlanda, impressive little fly! Thank you for your comment!

arlanda
arlanda 5 years ago

Wow! Impressive!!

Mozambique

Lat: -22.02, Long: 35.31

Spotted on Sep 26, 2013
Submitted on Jan 29, 2014

Spotted for mission

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