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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, SanDisk Ext. III 4GB, Hoya 58mm skylight
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-16 9:05
Viewed: 3803
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hoverfly-Meeting on a Dandelion.

Flies in the family Syrphidae are commonly known as
hoverflies, flower flies, or syrphid flies.

As their common names suggest, they are often seen
hovering or nectaring at flowers; the adults of many
species feed mainly on nectar and pollen, while the
larvae (maggots) eat a wide range of foods. In some
species, the larvae are saprotrophs, eating decaying
plant and animal matter in the soil or in ponds and
streams. In other species, the larvae are insectivores
and prey on aphids, thrips, and other plant-sucking

Aphids alone cause tens of millions of dollars of
damage to crops worldwide every year; because of this,
aphid-feeding hoverflies are being recognized as
important natural enemies of pests, and potential
agents for use in biological control. Some adult
syrphid flies are important pollinators.

About 6,000 species in 200 genera have been described.
Hoverflies are common throughout the world and can be
found on every continent except Antarctica.
Hoverflies are harmless to most other animals despite
their mimicry of the black and yellow stripes of
wasps, which serves to ward off predators.

Many species of hoverfly larvae prey upon pest
insects, including aphids and the leafhoppers which
spread some diseases like curly top. Therefore they
are seen in biocontrol as a natural means of reducing
the levels of pests.

Gardeners, therefore, will sometimes use companion

plants to attract hoverflies. Those reputed to do so
include alyssum, Iberis umbellata, statice, buckwheat,
chamomile, parsley, and yarrow.

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoverfly]


Kameramodell Canon EOS 40D
Firmware Firmware Version 1.1.1
Aufnahmedatum/-zeit 15.07.2009 10:18:43
Aufnahmemodus Manuelle Belichtung
Tv (Verschlusszeit) 1/250
Av (Blendenzahl) 9.0
Messmodus Mehrfeldmessung
Filmempfindlichkeit (ISO) 200
Objektiv 105mm
Brennweite 105.0 mm
Bildgröße 3888x2592
Bildqualität Fein
Blitz Ein
Blitztyp Eingebauter Blitz
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Verschlusssynchronisation Synchronisation auf den ersten Verschlussvorhang
Weißabgleich Automatisch
AF-Betriebsart Manuelle Fokussierung
Bildstil Landschaft
Schärfe 4
Kontrast 0
Farbsättigung 0
Farbton 0
Farbraum sRGB
Rauschreduzierung bei Langzeitbelichtung 2:Ein
High ISO Rauschreduzierung 1:Ein
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Dateigröße 2552 KB
Staublöschungsdaten Nein
Transportart Reihenaufnahme mit hoher Geschwindigkeit

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good sharpness in image,contrast and colors wonderful. I like this image.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-07-16 9:50]

Hi Thorsten,
Wonderful capture ...good sharpness and the colors is great. Congratulation!

Hi Thorsten,
A nice capture of these hover flies on a single dandelion flower. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-07-16 10:12]

Very interesting macro, congratulations!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-16 10:38]

Hello Thorsten,
Great scene with a very good title. Fantastic POV from above. It isolates the flower from its environment. Splendid light and very beautiful colours in an excellent composition. Very good sharpness and OOF BG.

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-07-16 11:39]

Hello Thorsten,

I like this composition!
Very good sharp!
And the fly is successful! Only : 1/250 seconds!!! Cheers!



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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-16 11:59]

Hi Thorsten. very well seen and taken, with sharp focusing and fine detail on the hoverflies. Your use of the light has made the wings shine and given rich colours. Both the flower and insects stand out so well from the BG.Well done TFS.

Bellisima foto, que momento mas bueno el que captaste, de lujo la foto, te felicito.

hello Thorsten
very beautiful scene full intense colours and light,very fine capture and photo

Great moment and beautiful picture! I like it very much.

Hi Thorsten,

Wonderful capture of this round table conference of these Hoverflies. Nice clarity and superb colurs. Very nicely presented.


Hallo Thorsten
This is such a great image, with just as great title. The details captured on each one of the hoverflies are just splendid. It is like looking at a few "pictures” all in one. The image as a whole is very pleasant to look at, not just for the beautiful colours of the striped patterns of the bodies, the shape of the wings, the metallic coloured thoraxes but as well as the lovely bright flower it is sitting on. This is such a "friendly" and "welcoming" image and is very pleasing to the eye. A real sunny and joyful image that reminds me that we will be seeing summer in a few months. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-07-17 6:03]

Hello Thorsten
It's great to see these Hoverflies as here they're almost absent even though there are flowers everywhere in the wild and in the garden. Strange! Great focus on all four showing sharp details and lovely colours. I spot a littel Wasp too I think!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-17 6:29]

Hello Thorsten
Very nice capture with beautiful composition and great action. Well done

Hello Thorsten
wonderful shot of this hoverfly-meeting, the colors are fantastic
the whole image is crisp clear sharp, great POV , DOF and blurred BG
TFS Jacqueline

Hello Thorsten !
What a fantastic picture ! This flower must be a great place for the insects, if so many of them meet there. I really like how you managed to have all the Hoverflies in focs, with pin sharp details, even the one who is flying. The vivid colors, the composition, the POV from above and the splendid blurred BG are also adding to the beauty of this picture. Very well done !

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-07-18 6:23]

Hallo Thorsten,
Dieses Bild ist sehr originell, ein richtiger Schnappschuss! Die Komposition könnte bessser nicht sein, die Farben sind natürlich und die Lichtführung ist auch sehr gut. Bravo!
Herzlich grüsst

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