Physocephala tibialis, face, scarpulla, virginia

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If you are a bumble bee (how fascinating if you were...) this fly would be your worst nightmare. You be flying along, warmed by the sun as you joyfully gathered pollen and nectar from flowers, then Wham, this fly, about half your size, would latch onto you and with the tip of its abdomen force itself between your abdominal segments and insert its egg. Later, that egg would hatch, crawl inside you and gradually eat you alive, but yet, you could do nothing about it. Ultimately you would perish, alone, burying yourself as commanded by your parasite, perhaps suffering some sort of existential realignment with yourself before you go, perhaps not. Another casualty of the cruelness that is Nature. This unremorseful, unempathetic killer, Physocephala tibialis,was captured by Gene Scarpulla in Virginia. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro lens, Twin Macro Flash in Styrofoam Cooler, F5.0, ISO 100, Shutter Speed 200. USGSBIML Photoshopping Technique: Note that we now have added using the burn tool at 50% opacity set to shadows to clean up the halos that bleed into the black background from "hot" color sections of the picture.

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Image Dimensions: 5616 x 3744

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