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Helophilus pendulus (female)

Helophilus pendulus (female)
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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: 2009-08-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 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: 2009-08-23 14:07
Viewed: 3274
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Helophilus pendulus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Family: Syrphidae

Also known as the sun fly, as it does not appear until the sun is shining, this fly has yellow and black markings. It is a common and widespread hoverfly and the adults may be found in numbers around muddy puddles, ditches and the shallow margins of ponds.
It is a notable wanderer and can be found well away from water. The larva is a rat-tailed maggot with a long and telescopically extensible breathing tube which enables it to breathe, whilst submerged, in farmyard drains, very wet manure and very wet, old sawdust. The flight period is between April and October.
Adults visit many garden plants. The larvae feed on detritus. (Natural England)
You will find an excellent key of the Helophilus sp. here (in French, but with good graphics and photos).

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Hi Catherine,

Best better! ... professional enough photo for a precise focus on the insect and depth in the background. Good work, beautifully composed and endowed with great balance of elements!

TFS, is a beatifull work!

Have a nice week!


Hi Catherine, what a delightful macro and composition.
Perfect focus, excellent lighting, details, great DOF.
TFS and cheers,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-08-23 18:57]

Excellent composition, fine details and colors, beautiful capture. tfs.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2009-08-24 4:05]

Hi Catherine
Nice colours good composition and sharpness details.Nice macro work.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Catherine

Stunning shot of this sun fly
Excellent sharpness and details, great DOF
Excellent composition


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-08-24 5:14]

Very good colors and Light, the sharpness it is excellent!

hello Catherine
very good composition with nice dtails and beautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-08-25 4:49]

Bonjour Catherine,
Une composition verticale intéressante pour nous présenter ce beau syrphe perché sur cette fine fleur mauve. Tu as bien capté la lumière ambiante qui donne à l'image une magnifique luminosité. Une combinaison de couleurs intéressantes aussi. J'aime beaucoup ce genre d'image. Merci aussi pour le link.
Une belle journée

Bonsoir Catherine.

Mereilleuse potographie de cet exemplaire de Helophilus pendulus. Belle composition et bon point de vue. Les couleurs sont très agréables à regarder. Très bonne netteté, nous donnant à voir de nombreux détails.

Merci pour ce partage.

A bientôt.


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