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Shiny hover fly

Shiny hover fly
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Copyright: Adrian Szatewicz (aes_thor) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 198 W: 29 N: 592] (2489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S9600, Fujinon Zoom Lens 28-300 mm Eq., Raynox DCR-250
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): FLY-MOUCHE, Insects' World, Syrphidae (Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-19 1:04
Viewed: 4655
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Welcome all,

Macro shot of Hover fly, propably Eristalis dimidiata (male)- correct me if I'm wrong.. yes I was wrong:), it is Eristalis lineata [horticola] female- thanks to member Marie [mariki].

Picture was taken yesterday, by the forest road near my flat in Olsztyn.
I discovered new, interesting world of insect thanks to macro photography and now I don't go enywhere without macro lens. Still have much to learn about it.

Original picture in RAF format, cropped a little, not much correction in Photoshop, noise reduced in NeatImage, then resized and sharpened.

Species information:

Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Aschiza)
Family Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)

Other Common Names
- Flower Flies
- Hover Flies

1-35 mm, typically 10-20 mm

Flies often seen about flowers. Bodies often have black-and-yellow bands, presumably mimicking hymenoptera. Some even buzz like bees. (They do not bite or sting, however.) Family can be recognized by spurious wing vein, see, for example, Arnett, fig.

Adults often feed on nectar and/or pollen.

Life Cycle
Larvae may feed on decaying vegetation, aquatic detritus, or wet wood, others are predators, especially of aphids. Some larvae are myrmecophiles, i.e., live in ant nests, and a few are associated with wasps. A few attack living plants, especially bulbs of forbs. Larvae that live in water with much decaying organic matter have a long anal breathing tube, and are called "rat-tailed maggots".

I hope You enjoy watching,
Thank You for any comments and criticques.


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To subhrojyoti: Hiaes_thor 1 06-20 14:01
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Hi Adrian,
It is indeed shiny and well placed in the frame. Sharpness and DOF well managed.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-19 1:45]

Hello Adrian,
I'm glad you're now discovering the micro-world as well! This is a brilliant capture of this Hoverfly on the white flowers. Excellent focus,sharpness and colours and very well composed.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-06-19 1:50]

Hi Adrain,
very beautiful image, good details, great viewpoint. little more space to the left would have improved the image better. tfs.

Hello Adrian,

Excellent picture of this syrphid fly. Great POV, DOF and sharpness. I think it is Eristalis lineata [horticola] female: there are black lines across the wings. Very good light and colours.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-06-19 2:54]

Mucha jak sie patrzy, bardzo dobre makro. Ciekawe BG.
Pozdrawiam i gratuluje.
Milego dnia, Pawel

I like the way the light has caught the wings! Great focus and composition, and good detail on the fly.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-06-19 3:11]

Hi Adrian, excellent sharpness and focus. It's a brilliant image, you should be thrilled with it. Your lens and Raynox go well together - bravo!

Fantastic shot!
I love it!
Great POV, composition and perfect details.

Hello Adrian, great macro capture in all aspects. Superb detailed and great sharpness. TFS. Regards, Bahadır

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-19 3:44]

Hello Adrian,
Superb sharp macro of E. lineata with excellent DOF to allow this Dronefly to be sharp against the blurred flowery BG. The lighting and colours are great and the composition superb.
Thanks for sharing this outstanding image,

Excellent shot, bravo!!! FG and BG are in complete harmony which takes the viewer to the moment of capture. I love this.

How big is the fly in reality? What percent of the image was cropped, never seen such a huge fly :-)

Hallo Adrian
The details of this fly is is unbelieveably beautiful. The wings look like they have been created out of glass. A perfect macro with super sharp focus. I think the portrait framing on this is excellent and the exposure looks just great. I am really stunt by its beauty. Congratulations, this is just great. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-19 13:43]

Hello Adrian,
Wonderful light and clear colours in this photo. Excellent sharpness and composition. Very beautiful BG.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-06-19 22:58]

Belle présentation bien équilibrée.
Bonne journée.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-19 23:26]

Hi Adrian

Excellent shot - great POV with razor sharp detail.


Gran nitidez y belleza en los colores y texturas. Gran profundidad a f 5.6 ...

Buena luz y sensación de realismo.


Muy bonita!
Buen enfoque y buen colorido. La profundidad de campo está muy bien conseguida a pesar del f/5.6

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