Bug eyed march flies

A couple of quick macro shots of a march fly, with his metallic green eyes.

green eye fly

These guys are pretty common in parts of Australia and they pack a decent bite. According to the web, they use their strong, piercing mouth parts like a needle to extract blood from their mammal hosts. This is fine if they are in front of the lens making a nice photographic subject, but if you get that unmistakable feeling on the back of your leg, it’s not so pleasant.

mega bug

The joys of living in Australia I guess.

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