A soldier fly feeds on a blooming grass head.
A soldier fly feeds on a blooming grass head.

Here’s another example of macro photography showing you something that you otherwise wouldn’t see. This soldier fly was busy sipping on the tiny flowerets of this grass seed head. I didn’t see the bright red mass on its side until I blew up the image. I’m still not sure what it is – whether it’s some kind of bladder for storing nectar or a parasite of some kind…

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro, ISO 800, f/8, 1/500″ exposure.

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