January 28th – Snail Parasite Blowly

Snail Parasite Blowfly (Amenia imperialis)

1/50th, f9, ISO 400

It’s not uncommon for me to check the camellias in the garden, which generally host all sorts of insect nightlife. By this I’m talking cicadas, spiders and the occasional cricket.

Something a little different tonight – what looks to be a Snail Parasite Blowly (Amenia Imperialis). I’ve come across these guys before, they’re good for the garden, eating pollen and nectar, but also lay their young on snails in the garden, then ….. well, the name says it all really.

I’ve used a flash in this photo, with a Gary Fong Lightsphere mounted on top, which I’ve found provides great all-round light for macro.

Snail Parasite Blowfly (Amenia Imperialis)


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