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

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

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

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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

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