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Shared Moment: Beam Me Up

An otherworldly antlered fly appears in all its glory

  • Photograph by Gil Wizen
  • PhotoZone
  • Jun 01, 2018

LOOKING EVERY BIT the extraterrestrial, this antlered fly is an earthly being from Ecuador—yet it proved elusive for Canadian entomologist Gil Wizen. Less than a third of an inch long, these “skittish” flies dwell under leaves in the cloud forest. Applying a technique called focus stacking, Wizen combined several frames to create this detailed portrait of bulging red eyes with their protruding antlers above a shiny black thorax. “It took me four years to get the photo I wanted,” says Wizen. His persistence paid off.

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