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Scaeva pyrastri

Scaeva pyrastri
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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: 2009-07-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/160 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: 2009-10-25 10:43
Viewed: 3419
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
A large, attractive hoverfly with black and white marks. A new one for my collection!

Scaeva pyrastri (Linnaeus, 1758)
Family: Syrphidae

Large for the Syrphini tribe at 13mm long.
Abdomen is dark, with six white, curved stripes. Markings are white, and broad towards the outer end, unlike in Eupeodes luniger and S. selenitica where they are yellow and comma shaped.
Also note that the inner ends of the bars on T3 & T4 are further forward than the outer, unlike in the scarcer S. selenitica.
This large hover fly may consume over 500 aphids during its larval stages. Larvae are light green with a white dorsal longitudinal stripe. (Sources: Bugg, Robert L. and Keith Edkins)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-10-25 10:47]

Hi Catherine. This is another beauty which you have taken. With sharp focusing and fine detail. From your POV we can see every little markings and haire on its body. Your use of the light has given natural colours. well taken TFS.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-10-25 10:56]

Hello Catherine
Excellent details, natural colors and nice composition

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-25 11:02]

Hello Catherine,
A great macro of this hoverfly, S. pyrastri. The focusing on the body gives fantastic sharpness so that it is well seen against the white floral BG in a pleasing composition.
Thanks and have a good week,

hello Catherine
this is also a super picture
very good details and sharpness
beautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-10-25 12:40]

Salut Catherine,j'ai jamais vu cette petite dans mes pelouses,les dessins sont tres agreables et la nettete' de ta photo est parfaite pour les bien comprendre.Mes compliments et bonne semaine,Luciano

Hi Catherine. Perfect details and contrast on insect with particular compositive taste. Well done.


Hi Catherine,

My dear lady, you are able to make hoverflyes look beautiful!

Perfect deep, excellent light, very even, beautifully handled. Very good detail and very good composition, placing the elements in a masterful way.

The picture speaks, you are able to make great art in your work. Congratulations!



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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-10-26 5:54]

Bonjour Catherine,
Un petit syrphe que je connais bien..il est assez abondant chez nous en Valais. Une image splendide aussi bien du point de vue netteté que par sa présentation et ses teintes trčs fines. Bravo!
Meilleures salutations

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