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Syritta pipiens

Syritta pipiens
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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: 2009-07-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/60 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: 2009-10-17 13:30
Viewed: 2989
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
A new but common species for my collection of Hoverflies of Belgium.

Syritta pipiens (Linnaeus 1758)
Family: Syrphidae

Syritta pipiens is a very common species of European hoverfly. Sometimes called the Thick-legged Hoverfly, from its distinctive broad hind femora. They are fast nimble fliers.
The larvae are found, often in large numbers, in wet decaying organic matter including compost heaps, manure heaps, cow dung and silage, but not in pools and ponds.
A ubiquitous species in lowland areas including anthropogenic habitats such as farmland, parks and gardens. Usually found flying low down amongst the vegetation or visiting flowers. It is very prominent at the end of the season when large numbers visit ivy flowers. Males patrol around flowers, manoeuvring slowly and with great agility, and engage in confrontations, where two males hover head to head, with one hovering backwards as the other approaches. It is not clear how the contest is decided, but one suddenly darts away whilst the other resumes patrolling. (Sources: wikipedia and Hoverfly UK)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-10-17 15:22]

Salut Catherine,et bien tu as trouve' une riche collection d'insects sur ces fleurs blancs,cette Syrphide est selon moi la plus belle de cette petite galerie,les dessins et les couleurs sont tres agreables,encore une fois une photo d'une qualite super et tres tres difficile! Mes compliments et bonne Dimanche,LUCIANO

Hello Catherine!
This species looks very original thanks to its hind legs. I think this is the first time I see this species. Very nic e documentary photo with nice for looking details. As for me maybe a little too much free space is above the insect, but it is a really small thing.
Greetings from Lodz,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-10-18 2:17]

Hello Catherine, excellent close-up shot of this hoverfly with nice composition and great details.
TFS and G's,

Hi Catherine

Great shot of this wasp. Brilliant sharpness and details, Excellent DOF. Good composition.


Cioa Catherine. Best compliment for excellent details and beautiful colours. Well composed macro shot.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-10-18 6:15]

Hi Catherina.
Your close-up is simply great. How well you have reproduced tiniest details of the fly. How well white flowers are exposed. Magnification ratio is very impressive and a bit soft lighting is amazing. Well done. My compliments and TFS.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-10-18 23:02]

Hello Catherine,
that's a marvel, Catherine. The buggers are small and nervous I remember, but you even rendered the bristles on the bristles (aristae) all sharp. The monstrosity becomes a nice, interesting fly that way. Glorious!
best regards

hello Catherine
This is a super picture
great details with very good sharpness
very nice composition
you can see the big foots very good
great shot Catherine
greeting lou

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