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Close up picture of housefly (Musca domestica) on snow – First insect in Northern Norway

March 12th, 2008 · 12 Comments

Close up picture of housefly (Musca domestica) on snow
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera March 10th 2008. Click image for larger view.
We have had a couple of warm days here in Northern Norway and a few insects have been waking up from their hibernation. In this picture you can see a common housefly (Musca domestica) sitting on some snow. Usually these flies are very hard to get close enough to get a good macro shot, but I guess the cold from the snow made this fly move slowly.
I can’t wait for all the insects to come back so I can start taking tons of macro photos.

Check out some macro pictures of flies from last year:
Dance fly couple mating and eating a fly
Hoverfly on a poppy flower

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/11
Focal Length: 35 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 Macro
Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in northern Norway

Tags: Fly · Insect · Macro · Nature · Norway Norwegen Norge · Snow · Winter

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bobbie // Mar 13, 2008 at 12:13 am

    Wow, Thomas. That’s an incredibly good shot of that housefly. Congratulations!

  • 2 Susanna // Mar 13, 2008 at 12:24 am

    In Australia, the first sign of summer is the relentless drone of a blowfly.

    (I believe it is the Lucilia cuprina)

    In poetry I read of swallows and other creatures but I always welcome the first blowfly of Summer

  • 3 Nishan Stepak (Book Calendar) // Mar 13, 2008 at 12:28 am

    I always like your micro pictures of animals best. This is very nice up close.

  • 4 Claire // Mar 13, 2008 at 2:37 am

    That is a great shot, but I hate flies!

  • 5 Daniel // Mar 13, 2008 at 4:15 am

    Wow. Like always, Great Picture. I love macro shots.

  • 6 DP // Mar 13, 2008 at 9:49 am

    What a fab shot! Well done – You have a great blog.

    Dream Portugal

  • 7 TripTheLady // Mar 13, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Great shot! The detail is really awesome.

  • 8 Alison // Mar 13, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    I love taking macro shots of insects too, this is amazing! I love the detail brought out in the snow too.

  • 9 Charles Hamel // Mar 14, 2008 at 12:29 am

    Is that flycicle

    Wow Amazing Macro shot

    I am planning on getting me a cannon rebel XT for the Hokkaido move.

    I sure hope I can make it take pictures like you make yours.

    Well Done

  • 10 2sweetnsaxy // Mar 15, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    That is fabulously gross if that makes sense. LOL! Great shot but flies are so gross. 😀 Again, I love that you link your photos to other photos of the same type. The Hoverfly rather looks like a bee.

  • 11 Jan // Apr 20, 2010 at 3:12 am

    Wow, nice to see the details. I’m trying to figure out if these, or cluster flies have invaded my house in Seattle, Wa after a warm winter!

  • 12 Bill Dean // Oct 8, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Sorry to correct you but the insect in the photograph is not the House Fly, Musca domestica but one of the Cluster Flies, Pollenia sp., almost certainly Pollenia rudis.
    The crinkly matted golden hair on the pleurae are diagnostic of Pollenia. They belong to the Calliphoridae.
    Bill Dean