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Marmelade fly

Marmelade fly
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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: 2008-10-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-07 9:52
Viewed: 3152
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the last syrphidae to appear in late autumn...
The Marmelade fly (Episyrphus balteatus) is a Diptera of the Syrphidae family. It is a relatively small hoverfly (9-12mm) of the Syrphidae family, widespread throughout all continents. Like most other hoverflies it mimics a much more dangerous insect, the solitary wasp, though it is a quite harmless species. The upper side of the abdomen is patterned with orange and black bands. Two further identification characters are the presence of secondary black bands on the 3rd and 4th dorsal plates and of faint greyish longitudinal stripes on the thorax. The larva is terrestrial and feeds on aphids. (Wikipedia)

Un des derniers syrphes que l'on rencontre à la fin de l'automne...
Le Syrphe ceinturé (Episyrphus balteatus) est un insecte volant de l'ordre des diptères, de la famille des Syrphes. Sa taille est de 8 à 12 mm.
On le confond souvent avec les guêpes, mais cet insecte est inoffensif. Son seul moyen de défense, est son extraordinaire rapidité, qui lui permet de s'éclipser en moins d'une seconde. On le retrouve près des conifères, tel que les pins et les sapins, dans lesquels il vit. La larve est prédatrice de pucerons. (Wikipedia)

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it's a beauty Catherine
a very good pov and dof, marvelous.....
I like it a lot.
have a fine weekend.
gr. jaap

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-07 9:59]

Hi Catherine. You were able to get this one late in the year. I think they have all but gone here. Thid is a very clear well detailed picture with fine detail and rich colours. a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS. Good notes too.

Have a nice weekend.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-07 10:02]

Hello Catherine,
Superb shot, good close up. POV, colors, framing, lighting and clear details are excellent. Best regards,

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-11-07 10:03]

merhaba Catherine
wonderful capture and beautiful species
composition, POV, light, colours, sharpness and details are great

An expertly capture of a hoverfly from a dorsal viewpoint Catherine, in fine exposure, focus and composition. THe open-wing stance of the fly demonstrates the haltera, the rudimentary second wing pair, quite clearly here, TFS this nice and informative image my friend.


Nouveau sur TN, je me rend compte qu'il faut que j'assure un max. quand je vois ce style de shoot....


A bientôt


Hi Catherine,
good sharp capture from these hooverfly.
Great details.
Beautiful colours.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-07 11:58]

Salut Catherine,les details du corp sont excellentes et les ailes paraient sorties d'une boutique de Swarowski! Mes compliments,vraiment une macro de grande qualite',mes compliments et bon fin de semaine,Luciano

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-07 12:50]

Hello Catherine,
A lovely macro of this Hoverfly that's very sharply in focus here. Great details and natural colours too and well composed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Catherine,
A marvelous and great macro capture of a marmelade fly percehed on a beautiful whitish flower from an dorsal POV with grat DOF, details and sharpness.
TFS and have a nice weekend!


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-08 9:24]

Hello Catherine,

You have made a fine close-up of this insect. Image is very sharp showing very well the insect. You have used light in avery good manner rendering fine, natural looking colors. Flowers melting in the background looks great.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-11-09 13:07]

Hi Catherine
Very good macro work.Excellent colours details.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Catherine.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.
Very good details.

Jose Luis

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