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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/7.6
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flies - Moscas - Mouches, FLY-MOUCHE, Insects' World, Insects (Insecta), Syrphidae (Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-29 14:24
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
After short break I would like to continue presenting pictures from my last trip to Balkan states :>

Today an insect photo with a fly which - in my opinion - would like to be rather a bee or a wasp than a fly! ;>

This is Temnostoma vespiforme (Linnaeus, 1758), a member of Syrphidae family, order Diptera. As you can read, the Latin name of species - vespiformes clearly suggests that the name was given because of insect perfect similarity to wasps (Vespidae) - both in body shape and colouration (please feel free to compare it with a wasp).

And traditionally, here are some basic facts about this fly species:

Body length: 14-18mm

Distribution: great part of Europe except Iberian Peninsula, Ireland, Iceland, Great Britain and Balkan Paninsula.

Habitat: different places like forests and river banks.

Larvae are xylophagous and live in Salix sp. in swampy water.

Adults prefer flower nectar and can be found on Apiaceae (=Umbelliferae) flowers between May and July.

Endangered status in some coutries this species is placed on the Red List of Threatened Animals (eg. in Poland in Data Deficient category).

As in case of many other species from this family, also this one uses mimicry to be "much more dangerous". If you are interested in additional details about this phenomenon among insects please feel free to look here.

Picture was taken in Taurapilis village in Aukstautijos National Park.

Thank you in advance for your time and comments!!! :>

eqshannon, lousat, uleko, Argus, vanderschelden, haraprasan, Alex99, rousettus, meyerd has marked this note useful
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You are a master in your field. I have seen much of your history in this and it is so good to have such an expert here on TN. Very good addition and in an almost textbook fashion. It contains a wealth of information. This kind of image is what I think rob Brown had in mind when he came up with TN notions....

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-29 22:08]

Hello Radomir,
Excellent capture of this Hoverfly showing very sharp details and natural colours. They seem to love all white Umbelliferae flowers.
We have fewer Hoverflies here this year I expect due to the drought we had earlier.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-29 22:32]

Hello Radomir,
Superb macro of a hymenopterous- like Syrphid, a species new to me. The frame-filling cropping makes this a fine sharp portrait that shows it up well against the umbelliferous flowers in a pleasing composition.
TFS this beauty: great to see you back in action on TN!
Best wishes,

Hello Radomir,
The depth of field is quite impressive in your work.
Secondly it is well composed. Simple and effective.
Well done.
Good note as always.

Hi Radek,
Welcome Back. A nice capture of this beautiful fly which has similarity with wasps and bees. Very well composed with sharp details. I like the close framing. Very informative notes. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-07-30 1:26]

Hi Rado,welcome back.And is a great return whit this fantastic macro,the perfection of this bee is impressive,and your know-how about the insect's world is great! Thanks a lot for your work ,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-30 1:55]

Hello Radomir, nice apt title and good composition. Well composed and great lighting. Superb POV. Well done. Ganesh

Very very nice capture, togethe with detailed note...TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-30 8:46]

Hi Radomir.
Once more great 3D-image of next insect from your collection. Details of the hoverfly image are stunning, exposure and reproduction of white petals of the fine tiny flowers are great. I also like impressive upper POV and nice composition of the image. Well done and TFS.

Witaj Radomir, ja nie chcialabym byc bee ;-)
Dzieki wielkie za identyfikacje mojej wazki.
Swietne makro, byc moze kiedys uda mi sie takie wykonac.
~Klara S

Hello Radomir
many thanks for your kind messages. I am in field trip and I visit TN and yours when I find internet connection. Your last shot great macro of the fly. Superb sharp details, great POV and composition. Now I will visit your additional posts and other new shots. Thanks for sharing. best wishes

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-07-30 17:15]

This is the first think I learnt when I joined TN - many of those bees I used to see flying around home were really flies - hoverflies!!
You show it well Ivan. Good sharpness and focus. And it looks so good on the pretty flowers too.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-08-24 23:46]

Hi Radomir,

I am picking up my TN activity again. The inspection of your site shows that I missed some interesting shots of yours. This Syrphid is sitting on Aegopodium, one of the big species and with a particular life cycle. Impressive picture!
Best regards

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2008-09-01 4:44]

Hi Radomir,

Great closeup picture of this fly.
Great color, sharpness and background.


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