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Xylota segnis

Xylota segnis
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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: 2009-06-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hoverflies (Syrphidae) of Belgium, Syrphidae (Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-21 10:07
Viewed: 3380
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Again a new but common species for my collection of Hoverflies of Belgium.

Xylota segnis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Family: Syrphidae

This is an orange and black hoverfly which slightly resembles an Ichneumon wasp. Adults are characteristically seen running about, or sunbathing, on leaves in hedgerows and woodland.
They have a preference for feeding on honey-dew secreted by aphids and can be seen sucking it off the leaf surface; they are rarely found at flowers. Wet, very rotten dead wood is the usual breeding site. This species is widespread and usually common in, or near, woods.
Larvae found in rotting sawdust and rotting wood etc. Adults feed mainly on honeydew on leaves. Adults fly from April to November. Natural England

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Beautifull hoverfly, sharp details and natural colors, well done Catherine,
TFS, best regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-10-21 11:01]

Hi Catherine. One more beauty from the summer . You had a good year for macro pictures . This one shows your sharp focusing and fine detail. Your use of the light has given bright colours. well taken TFS.

hello Catherine
you have here again a BEAUTY
so good composition on the green leave
very good sharpness and good light
beautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

Hello Catherine,
Very sharp photo with excellent details and colours.
It is a very good composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-10-21 11:30]

Salut Catherine,tu as la classe pour capturer les petits insects et c'est tres juste batir une gallerie de fin d'ete' comme la tienne,une autre espece tres interessante mais sourtout une autre macro vraiment excellente!! Bonne soiree' et merci,Luciano

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-10-21 11:52]

Hello Catherine,
Great to see your capture as I've got this little hoverfly in my archive and I wasn't sure of the I.D. An excellent shot from a fine low POV. Great details and beautiful colours too.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hi MF Catherine,

A marvelous macro capture of a fly which appeared firstly on TN! TFS and have a nice night MF!


Ciao Catherine. Very good details here and amazing worm colours exalted by an amazing light.


Hi Catherine,
good specimen for your collection of Hoverflies of Belgium. Excellent photography.

PS: thanks for your friendly comment on my Mesembrina picture. I'll try harder!

Best regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-10-22 10:11]

Hi Catherine.
Once more superb macro shot from you. I like fantastic sharpness and details of the hoverfly. Every hair of the legs and body is visible perfectly. Texture of the leaf are reflected so amazingly. My compliments and TFS. Excellent job.

Ufffff Excellent capture!!!
Great composition and good sharpnees and fine details od this syrfide.
TFS Catherine. Ferran

Bonsoir Catherine
Cette macro nous offre une très belle netteté, ce qui rend cet insecte beaucoup plus attrayant.
Merci, amicalement

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-22 21:33]

Hello Catherine,
This is a superb macro!
The focusing from a fine POV is spot on to show its features with excellent sharpness. The lighting and colours add to make this a top class portrayal of X. segnis, a new species of hoverfly for TN.
Thanks and ahve a good weekend,

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