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The Drone

The Drone
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Minolta Dimage Z1
Exposure: f/8
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Things in and around my house., Hoverflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-28 12:56
Viewed: 5127
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Drone Fly (Eristalis crassipes)

The family Syrphidae or Hover flies to which this critter belongs consists of 38 genera and 230 species just in South Africa. They are conspicuous bee- or wasp-mimics, with yellow and black stripes. They are distinguishable on close exam by “false margin” to edge of wing, formed by veins running parallel to wing margin.

The genera Eristalis or Drone flies are the largest of the hover flies. The wingspan could easily reach 20mm. They are stocky bee-mimic with black eyes, grey thorax, orange- and black abdomen (black terminally). Slow moving when feeding and usually found on small yeast-smelling white flowers.

Their larvae are “rat-tailed maggots” and are found in putrid water with decaying organic matter.

I got my Guide to SA insects today. Now I can ID some of the insects I haven't posted. The drone fly sits on an apricot blossom. I hope you like it.

ellis49, carper, danbachmann, Crypton, AndyB, PDP, Esox, extramundi, RAP, marhowie has marked this note useful
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Very good macro Gerhard.
It's a big one with good composition and nice colours,
good details and a great note.
Well done.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-09-28 13:02]

Heerlijk shot Gerhard,
Prachtige macro, goede compositie, goede kleuren en details, erg goed werk.

magnifique composition !
les tons orangés de l'abeille ressorte a merveille sur le blanc pure des fleurs.
l'arriere plant est bien flous ce qui met encore plus en valeur les sujets.
l'abeille devrait etre legerement plus net.
tres belle photo ;)

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-09-28 13:26]

A very good capture.
Very good composition and I like the low angle showing the insect's underside,its not often you can get them this way.
A good shot,very well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-28 13:41]
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Great stuff Gerhard, you know how much I love these flies. Good POV and DOF, the composition is very good too. Is the species you mention an african species? I have some nice pictures of Drones that I hope to post soon, maybe you will be interested.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-09-28 14:05]

A superb macro.
I like the angle of view and the composition.
Very nice one.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-28 15:00]

Pragtige hadida:) Very good macro work here. The image is sharp and the DOF good. Thanks for posting

With all this posts, Ricardo, Paul, etc this fly is becomming very popular. This is a beutiful photo, with that detail maybe I would have the temptation to increase sharpness a bit more.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-09-28 17:14]

Yes, I like your drone fly sits on an apricot blossom. Good sharpness, not too much. Good composition. Good macro like usual, Gerhard.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-28 17:39]

Bonita macro... tal vez no es la mejor en agudeza, pero el colorido, la perspectiva y composicion la convierten en una excelente entrega.
No olvides Gerhard que te faltan completar las criticas de hace un par de dias (creo que si no son calificadas, pasado un tiempo, desaparecen).

Pretty macro... perhaps is not the best one in sharpness, but the colorful one, the perspective and composition turn it an excellent post.
You do not forget Gerhard that you need to complete your critics them of makes a pair of day (I believe that if is not rated, spent a time, they disappear).

Gerhard, I think you did very well with this macro. Like the composition & the angle/perspective on the subject. Excellent detail & the contrast is good even with all that white. Very nice!

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