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Eristalis pertinax

Eristalis pertinax
Photo Information
Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hoverflies (Syrphidae) of Belgium, Syrphidae (Hover flies) of Europe-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-24 12:07
Viewed: 3520
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Eristalis pertinax is one of the larger hoverflies and mimics the Honey Bee, Apis mellifera. Often confused with E. tenax and E. similis, but on closer examination, E. pertinax has an entirely orange front tarsus (unlike both of the other species) and the hind tibia is pale in the basal half (unlike tenax).
Distribution: This is a common and widely distributed species throughout the UK; in fact it is often the most abundant hoverfly wherever there are suitable flowers.
Flight period: March to November, with peaks in May and August.
Behaviour: Visits a wide range of flowers, very often in company with the very honey bees it mimics. The males commonly hover in woodland clearings, aggressively defending territories as small as a few metres square. (UK Nature)
L'Eristale opiniâtre (Eristalis pertinax) est un diptère de la famille des Syrphidae. Les éristales ressemblent aux abeilles, mais comme tous les diptères (mouches, moustiques…), ils n’ont qu’une seule paire d’ailes, contrairement aux hyménoptères (abeilles, guêpes…) qui en ont quatre. Contrairement aux abeilles qu’ils imitent, les eristales ne piquent pas.
L'éristale opiniâtre se distingue des autres eristales par les tarses des pattes antérieures et médianes qui sont jaunes. Seul le premier segment de l'abdomen présente un dessin jaune orangé. Les autres segments sont noirs avec une fine ligne claire.
Ce syrphe commun se rencontre presque partout de mars à novembre. La larve vit dans les eaux stagnantes et les fosses d'aisance. Elle a la forme d'un ver à queue de rat.

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Hello Catherine,

A lovely, sharp shot of this 'pretend' bee!
A found your notes interesting and informative!
The details of both the flower and the fly are good and nicely positioned. Excellent colours.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-24 12:39]

Hello Catherine,
Great focus on this Hoverfly on the beautiful yellow flowers. Fine sharp details, a nice smooth background and not least wonderful colours.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-24 12:44]

Hello Catherine,
A fine macro of this Drone Fly nicely composed on the Ragwort flowers with excellent sharpness and from a great POV.
TFS this pleasing image,

Hello Catherine,

fantastic sharp details and very warm, intensive colours. Beautiful summer scene, very good composition.

Thanks a lot for sharing,

Ciao Catherine,
bellissima macro, eccellenti POV e composizione con questi splendidi fiori gialli che gestisci con una perfetta esposizione ed una resa di magnifici e luminosi colori, molto bello anche OOF BG.
Grazie e complimenti.

Buen encuadre y coloridos aunque algo saturados. Una luz interesante. Bonita toma.

Saludos Catherine: Josep Ignasi

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-24 14:54]

Hola amiga,
bella macro,
colores cálidos y excelente foco...
buen trabajo,
saludos Catherine

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-07-24 16:52]

Salut Catherine,mes compliments pour l'excellente photo et pour avoir trouve' le nom..ehehhe..grande classe comme toujours,mes compliments,Luciano

Nice shot. Beautiful colours, good compiosition and sharply focussed.

Hi Catherine, great composition with beautiful hoverfly and elegant flowers, fantastic colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

This is not E. pertinax. Pertinax has yellow front tarsus. I cant see which Eristalis it is. Probably tenax

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