Unknown Insect, Jakarta, Indonesia by Rico Andreas

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Last year was such a frustrating year. The pandemic has forced us not to travel, interact, or doing our daily activities as they used to be. But, being a macro photographer doesn't mean we couldn't take any pictures. Because macro photographers have a lot of options regarding the subject of the photos. One of them is insects. Particularly, in Indonesia, we have so many varieties of insects all over the country. But, living in the capital city surrounded by skyscrapers makes it harder to look for insects. Fortunately, besides my house, there is a small side yard. I often went to the side yard just for relaxing after having an online class. One day, I was quite surprised when I saw an insect that looks like a soldier fly. Then, I took a closer look and noticed that this fly was something I have never seen before. Without thinking any further, I quickly took out my camera and start to take photos of this old man-looking fly. My next step after taking the pictures was to identify this insect. So, I shared my shots of this insect from several angles with a local macro community. Unfortunately, no one knows what insect it was. Even so, looking from the positive side, I could say maybe I was the first person to take a shot of this beauty.

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