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eristalis tenax (II)

eristalis tenax (II)
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Copyright: nuri senemek (senn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K-x, CZ Macro-Planar T* f2/ 100mm ZK
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-11 21:25
Viewed: 2281
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Eristalis tenax is a European hoverfly, also known as the drone fly (or "dronefly"). It has been introduced into North America and is widely established.
The larva of E. tenax is a rat-tailed maggot. It lives in drainage ditches, pools around manure piles, sewage, and similar places containing water badly polluted with organic matter. The larva likely feeds on the abundant bacteria living in these places.
When fully grown, the larva creeps out into drier habitats and seeks a suitable place to pupate. In doing so it sometimes enters buildings, especially barns and basements on farms. The pupa is 1012 mm long, grey-brown, oval, and retains the long tail; it looks like a tiny mouse.
The adult fly that emerges from the pupa is harmless. It looks somewhat like a drone honey bee, and likely gains some degree of protection from this resemblance to a stinging insect. The adults are called drone flies because of this resemblance. Like other hover flies, they are common visitors to flowers, especially in late summer and autumn, and can be significant pollinators.
In its natural habitat, E. tenax is more of a curiosity than a problem, and the adults are beneficial pollinators.

taken in my home yard

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-02-11 22:12]

Hello Nuri,
A very fine macro of the Drone Fly.
The colours, DOF, sharpness and composition contribute to a high quality image with practically no negative aspects.
More of a descriptive note would be desirable.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2012-02-11 23:31]

nice macro. good background. tfs.

Mooie kleuren en goed scherp,
een beetje spanning in de foto door het onderwerp naar links te halen,

goed werk

Hallo Nuri
I very much like the warm and sunny colours you captured here with both your subjects. Both the bee as well as the flower is beautifully captured with great focus and a pleasant point of view. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Impressive macro Nuri! Very good composition, beautiful BG, wonderful colours and good sharpness !

Ciao Nuri, great macro of lovely hoverfly on a beautiful blurry BG, wonderful bright colors, fantastic details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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