A tiny fly blowing a bubble while standing on top of a tiny bud on a flowering tree. I tried to find out what kind of flowering tree and what kind of fly by looking through images on the Internet, but haven’t been able to identify either so far.
To give a sense of scale, the bud on which the fly is standing is slightly smaller than the head of a dressmaker’s pin.
I captured the fly images as I was playing around with my Canon EOS 550D with a 10x filter attached to the 18-55mm lens. My focus had been the profusion of tiny flowers and buds all over a tree in my garden. Although the flowers resemble cherry blossoms, the blossoms are actually much smaller, hence the magnifying filter. Looking through the lens while focusing on clusters of tiny blossoms, I was surprised by all the tiny life I discovered. Aphids, tiny beetles, spiders, and, of course, this mini fly.
I noticed this fly grooming itself while standing on a flower bud. But then I realized that it was beginning to “blow” a bubble. Focusing manually as best I could, I took a slew of photos with mental fingers crossed. Later, as I scrolled through the images, I was delighted by what my camera had captured and chuckling because the fly’s eyeballs looked an awful lot like big cheeks, which made the fly resemble, strangely, a teenage mutant ninja turtle blowing a bubble.