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*Hungry Hoverfly*

*Hungry Hoverfly*
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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: 2009-07-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, SanDisk Ext. III 4GB, Hoya 58mm skylight
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-27 11:56
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Same place and "model" as mentioned in a previous post,
just a different time and pose. :-)


Episyrphus balteatus, usually called the
Marmalade fly, is a relatively small hoverfly (9-12mm)
of the Syrphidae family, widespread throughout all
continents. Like most other hoverflies it mimics a
much more dangerous insect, the solitary wasp, though
it is a quite harmless species. The upper side of the
abdomen is patterned with orange and black bands. Two
further identification characters are the presence of
secondary black bands on the 3rd and 4th dorsal plates
and of faint greyish longitudinal stripes on the

The Marmalade fly can be found throughout the year in
various habitats, including urban gardens, visiting
flowers for pollen and nectar. They often form dense
migratory swarms, which may cause panic among people
for its resemblance to wasps. It is among the very few
species of flies capable of crushing pollen grains and
feeding on them. The larva is terrestrial and feeds on

As in most other hoverflies, males can be easily
identified by their holoptic eyes, i.e., left and
right compound eyes touching at the top of the head.

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


Kameramodell Canon EOS 40D
Firmware Firmware Version 1.1.1
Aufnahmedatum/-zeit 24.07.2009 13:20:22
Aufnahmemodus Manuelle Belichtung
Tv (Verschlusszeit) 1/160
Av (Blendenzahl) 13.0
Messmodus Mehrfeldmessung
Filmempfindlichkeit (ISO) 200
Objektiv 105mm
Brennweite 105.0 mm
Bildgröße 2592x3888
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
Tonwert Priorität 1:Möglich
Dateigröße 2472 KB
Staublöschungsdaten Nein
Transportart Reihenaufnahme mit hoher Geschwindigkeit

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-27 12:00]

Hi Thorsten . This is one of the best pictures of a Marmalade fly i have seen on TN. The top POV lets us see all of the body and wings. With sharp focusing and fine detail.Your use of the flash has given a shine ti the ings and bright colours. The pose on the Flower against the plain Bg is very nice. I am going to put this in to my favorites. Very well done TFS.

hello Thorsten
super sharpness composition
great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hello Thorsten,
Very good macro with a perfect use of the flash (ring flash?). Details, reflections of the wings, colours, everything is perfectly managed. This is the kind of shot which shows the benefit of the flash for macro subjects, I think. Congratulations,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-27 12:12]

Hello Thorsten
Interesting insect with vivid colors and excellent details

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-27 12:54]

Hello Thor,
A very fine close macro of Episyrphus balteatus taken from a dorsal POV that is super sharp against the neutral BG with good use of flash causing not too much reflection.
Thanks and best regards,

Buen trabajo con los colores y mejor aún visto desde ese interesante ángulo de disparo. Buen encuadre. Un conjunto atractivo.
Saludos Thorsten: Josep Ignasi.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-07-27 15:56]

!!!!What a fantastic macro!!! Hi Thor,your work is impressive,this pic is a very professional work,sharpness,colors and POV at the top of quality.Surelu one of the best pics in your gallery.My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-07-27 16:18]

Hi Thor,

I missed the first shot of this wonderful Hoverfly who must love posing for you. Both are fantastic macros with amazing colors and details. I love the wings!!!! Great timing to capture it as it attacks the flower. Superb background and centered composition.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-07-27 23:04]

Oh my gosh, Thor...
What a stunning pose and composition!
I really like the perspective you chose for this presentation.
The light and the colors are fantastoc... so rich...
Very sharp and beautiful bokeh.
TFS. : )

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-07-28 0:00]

Fantastic viewpoint, just right for this 'hover' fly. Very good details and colors, lovely image. tfs.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-07-28 1:49]

Hi Thorsten,
Very good close-up...
Excellent capture, sharp details,nice colors and background.
Best wishes,

Hi Thorsten
Fantastic macro shot with crystal clear detail and lovely color.
tfs jon

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-07-28 5:00]

Exceptional photo of this insect!

Hi Thor

Excellent shot of this great hoverfly. Everything is perfect, a flawless shot, one to be proud of.


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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2009-07-28 8:26]

Hello Thosten.
A successful macro picture.
Appropiate point of view providing full body view with fine details.
Well done.

Ciao Thorsten, superb macro of lovely hoverfly with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

tres belle macro de belles couleurs naturelles et une tres bonne nettetée !
a tres bientot

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-28 11:07]

Hello Thorsten,
What a great photo! The POV is superb which create a perfect composition. Excellent sharp details and well saturated clear colours. Beautiful OOF BG.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-07-28 16:30]

Hello Thorsten

Nice close-up of this small hoverfly, natural and strong colors, with excellent details and exposition. This macro are perfect!!!!
Wonderful shot

A perfect picture of this insect and a description of your ID very interesting.
Best regards.

hello Thorsten
exceptional macro, splendidly colours and details

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-07-30 4:22]

Hallo Thorsten,
Ein sehr gelungenes Bild dieser Schwebfliege. Sie schillert ja förmlich! Und der neutrale Hintergrund bringt sie noch besser zur Geltung. Gratuliere zu diesem interessanten Bild. Ich sehe, dass Du eine Reihenaufnahme gemacht hast. Muss ich auch mal ausprobieren !
Liebe Grüsse

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-07-30 7:04]

Hallo Thorsten,
Super macro. Excellent Bild.
Ich wünsche dir was,

Hello Thorsten
what a fantastic macro shot, outstanding sharpness and lighting, POV, DOF, colours and composition are excellent.
Best regards
Have a good weekend

ciao Thorsten!
another great closely of this Syrphidae
excellent details and definition

compliments sERGIO

Excellent macro of this nicely "groomed" fly - super detail and held still enough for a perfect pose.

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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2009-08-04 14:45]

Siemanko Thor!
Remarkable macro, great shown hoverfly details.
Good work,
I am greeting Slawek

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