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A Soldier Fly

A Soldier Fly
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Copyright: Leonid Fedyantsev (Macroleo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 72 W: 0 N: 109] (886)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-04
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/14.0, 1 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-02 23:09
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Russian]
Chloromyia formosa - a soldier fly - Family: Stratiomyidae. This soldier fly is widespread and common throughout Europe, inhabiting woods, hedges, parks and gardens. The female has a blue-green abdomen with a violet sheen. In the male, the sheen is coppery-green.

The larvae feed on decaying vegetable matter in damp soil, such as rotting bark and leaf litter, and can be found around the edges of good garden compost heaps. The flight period is from May until August. The adult is a very common flower visitor especially to umbels of hogweed in mid-summer. Detritus feeder: larvae feed on decaying organic matter; adults take nectar from flowers.

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Hello Leonid,

Very nice macro-picture ! Nice color, good details and great sharpness . .
There is one thing left that I want to know: what is the size (in mm) of this insect?? This is something that often is missing is this kind of macrosphotos (my opinion)


hello Leonid
Beautiful picture
nice composition with very good details
great shot
greeting lou

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-02-03 15:43]

Hello Leonid !
Another wonderful insect from you - on this one I like the metallic colors of its body. As usual, the details are excellent, and then you managed to get the whole insect in focus, which is not always easy. The colors look natural, the composotion is beautiful, and I also like the POV from above. Very well done !

Needle sharp image of this very unique Soldier Fly, Leonid. This is my first sighting of it.
I like its purplish overall colour though the thorax with a metallic sheen has the tinge of green.
Amazing details everywhere.
TFS and regards.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-03 22:00]

Hello Leonid,
Superb macro of this tiny little Soldier Fly. Excellent sharpness and beautiful colours. A fine composition too. I think I may have photographed the same species although the thorax of mine seemed bright green, but it's probably due to the light angle!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Nice clean top-shot Leonid, sharp too.
Great comp, nice DOF, color, & exposure.
Well done,

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