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Copyright: Philippe Moniotte (pgmoni) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 343 W: 100 N: 637] (2769)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8700
Exposure: f/7.8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-04-22 12:42
Viewed: 3472
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A syrphid fly, Rhingia campestris, on a pear-tree flower. Easily recognizable by the strange snout that is an extension of the face. When the tongue is extended, a membrane (visible on this shot) unfolds and connects it to the snout. This original device apparently facilitates the collection of nectar and pollen.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-04-22 13:42]

Interesting capture and well done on this composition and details.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-23 4:52]

Belle et intéressante macro pour cet étrange insecte. Jolies couleurs. Sa tête est étonnante avec son extension.
Well Done !

Wow, this is a very good macro shot Philippe. So much detail and your lighting is right on here. Are those antennae or eyelashes? Wonderful posting, thank you.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-04-24 7:46]

Good macro, nice colours and details. I like it.
Well done.

Très intéressante photo, Philippe. A première vue, ce rostre ferait penser à un insecte piqueur, mais votre photo et les explications nous permettent de mieux comprendre la raison de cet appendice nasal. J'en ai photographié récemment, mais jamais en train de collecter du nectar. Très bien vu!

this Rhingia does something I never saw and did'nt know it would do. Thanks to your slide, we are all the wiser now! I pay attention on TN to pics that tell me something biologically interesting, I'm not the simple esthetics guy.
Cheers, Dietrich

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