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Golden Dung Fly by JurgendeWitte Golden Dung Fly by JurgendeWitte
This must be one of the most underrated insects around: the dung fly (Scathophaga stercoraria). They actually don't feed on dung, but on nectar and on smaller insects. The dung (mostly of horses and cows) is where they hunt and where the females lay their eggs. When you look at them closely their golden colors and furry appearance can become seemly pretty. This one was killed by a fungus, still attached to the leaf of a berry bush.

UPDATE: Wow! My first Daily Deviation, something I had been looking forward to quite a long time! It's a great feeling to see how this work of mine is so appreciated by all of you.
I want to express my sincere gratitude to *meihua and `hellfirediva for suggesting and featuring my work.

UPDATE: I'm pleased to announce that this work was selected for the Photokina Fine Art Gallery. The photo will be exhibited as a fine art print at the Fine Art Area of the Photokina photography fair in Cologne on September 20th (Hall 2.2, Stand B40).


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Given 2012-05-18
Golden Dung Fly by ~JurgendeWitte ( Suggested by meihua and Featured by hellfirediva )
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello!
You have been featured as a part of my macro feature in #PROJECTEducate's Community week!
I would appreciate it if you checked it out: [link]
You may also favourite it if you enjoyed it. :aww:
Have a nice week! :rose:
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:iconjurgendewitte:
JurgendeWitte Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
A nice initiative, and a great collection of images, I feel honoured. Thank you very much!
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:icondani-barchana:
Dani-Barchana Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful colors and details
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:iconjurgendewitte:
JurgendeWitte Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
Appreciated. Thank you, Dani. :)
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:icondani-barchana:
Dani-Barchana Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure.
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:iconjacij:
jacij Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012   General Artist
That is such a cool photo :D
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:iconjacij:
jacij Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012   General Artist
the detail is amazing.
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:iconjurgendewitte:
JurgendeWitte Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
Glad you like it, thank you!
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:iconbackstormer:
backstormer Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
great shot, but i love the description, really informative :thumbsup:
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:iconjurgendewitte:
JurgendeWitte Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
Glad to hear that. Getting people to be impressed by nature through my work is one of my primary goals.
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:iconconnieng:
ConnieNg Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
So beautiful
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:iconcrumblerumble:
CrumbleRumble Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Gorgeous photo. Daily deviantation well deserved. :)
Love the portrait photos in your gallery as well, very powerfull!
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:iconjurgendewitte:
JurgendeWitte Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the great comment. Glad to hear you like my portrait work too.
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:iconawkwardloser:
AwkwardLoser Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student General Artist
HAHA! Nice haircut bro.
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:iconbp2007:
bp2007 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Nice work. Congratulations on DD.
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:iconjurgendewitte:
JurgendeWitte Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the great comment!
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IX-MelodiousNocturne Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Student General Artist
I love the detail in this, simply amazing
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:iconjurgendewitte:
JurgendeWitte Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
Glad to hear that, thank you!
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:iconblackmustang13:
blackmustang13 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
really cool! i like all the water
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:iconjurgendewitte:
JurgendeWitte Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks!
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seanddaily Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The magnification and focus are outstanding. Those little water droplets look like boulders. The contrast between the brown/golden fly and the green leaf is also excellent. I can't see the fungus that killed this fly, though.

Well done!
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:iconjurgendewitte:
JurgendeWitte Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
The cycle is well described on Wikipedia: "When it is critically ill, it tends to crawl to a high point, straighten its hind legs and open its wings, a behavior that ensures that the fungal spores are dispersed as widely as possible." That is the position in which I found it.
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JurgendeWitte Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
By the way: the fungus first kills the host fly from the inside, and it gets visible afterwards.
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JurgendeWitte Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the comment!

Yes, a droplet can be very heavy when you're tiny. :)

The fungus is not visible indeed, but it is a common fungus to kill dung flies. When they're alive, they always hold their legs and wings together.
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GeyserEelborn Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
How could you tell it had been killed by a fungus?
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:iconjurgendewitte:
JurgendeWitte Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
There is a possibility that is wat killed by another parasite, but it is most common for dung flies to be killed by a certain fungus, called Entomophthera muscae. When they're alive, they always hold their legs and wings together.
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GeyserEelborn Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Aaaaaaaaaaah, I see! That makes sense.
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Fujii-Chama Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
nice focus, nice vibrant colour, nice details.
love the droplets of water all over his body.
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:iconjurgendewitte:
JurgendeWitte Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you, glad to hear that!
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:iconbuzzyg:
BuzzyG Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a fantastic shot, but if I may I would like to change his/her name to Golden Drunk Fly! Just love the shot!
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:iconjurgendewitte:
JurgendeWitte Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
Lol, thanks for the suggestion, not bad at all. ;)
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:iconfathommyeyes:
Fathommyeyes Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Ah, it's absolutely beautiful! I have an appreciation/obsession for flies. This is a wonderful, wonderful picture.
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:iconjurgendewitte:
JurgendeWitte Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
Hi, glad to hear that, especially when it comes from someone with a love for flies! :)
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:icongalenvarvares:
galenvarvares Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I like how the water droplet on the eye reflects the eye, amazing detail, and perfect lighting.
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:iconjurgendewitte:
JurgendeWitte Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
Yes, it's nice how those droplets magnify it, like a lens. Thanks for the comment! :)
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CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional
cute!!!
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:iconjurgendewitte:
JurgendeWitte Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
:thanks:
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DRunkCoWBoy69 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thats it, im done browsing deviantart for today. Not gonna get any better than that. Haha, great shot man and congrats on the DD. Must have been tough, I can see the DOF cutting off at its wings. It must be focused on like an inch of space.
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JurgendeWitte Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
Lol!

You're right about the DOF. This is a focus stack of 9 images, I could've gone a bit further in the back.

Thanks for the constructive comment!
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luckydesigns Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing! :wow:
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SacredDragon Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Incredible shot, it seems almost like a jewel!
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:iconiloveellis:
iloveellis Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Student Photographer
it looks like its possing
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:iconjurgendewitte:
JurgendeWitte Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
Unfortunately it was dead, so I don't think it would still pose. ;)

Thanks for passing by.
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iloveellis Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student Photographer
oh but still awsome shot
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:iconjurgendewitte:
JurgendeWitte Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks!
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:iconiloveellis:
iloveellis Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student Photographer
ur welcome
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grotesquelucienne Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Student General Artist
She looks very cute. I think it's a "she"... because of her cuteness.
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:iconjurgendewitte:
JurgendeWitte Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
Hehe, it could be. I too tend to think it's a she, but I wasn't sure. Thanks for the comment.
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RaiDoodles Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I usually loathe insects, but.... This is lovely in a really weird way. Especially for me. Heh. It's actually quite adorable, albeit sad. I love how much detail you were able to catch!
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:iconjurgendewitte:
JurgendeWitte Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
Hi, nice to know it intrigues you! That is really what I intend to do, to show others my love for insects with the hope that it will inspire them too. :)
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