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Only Known to Dipterists

Only Known to Dipterists
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99's favorite shots, Syrphidae (Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-31 22:13
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Points: 78
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Dasysyrphus albostriatus

Why don’t all species of insects have English names? Surely a good way to awake an interest in flora and fauna is to give them vernacular names, instead of leaving it to specialists to name them with scientific names. As it is, only specialists in British flies, dipterists, can give this a name.

This is where the Swedes are one step ahead of many European nations: most insects visible to the naked eye have Swedish names. This hoverfly belongs to the genus Dasysyrphus . The Swedish name for this genus is ‘Skogsblomfluga’, which means ‘Forest Hoverfly’. ‘albostriatus’ means ‘white-striped’.

Thus an English name for this species could be ‘White-striped Forest Hoverfly’, a bit long-winded but less daunting than the scientific name.
Indeed, the ID characteristics for this species are the two whitish stripes on the thorax as shown on this image. Like others of its genus it is found near woodland. It is widespread and not uncommon in most of Europe

Like most other hoverflies of the sub-family Syrphinae the larvae are predators of aphids, which make them gardener’s friends.

This was taken at a distance of about 20 cm (8 in.) and after moderate cropping the image was selectively sharpened a little.

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-08-31 22:16]

Hola Ivan, buen dia. Buen macro con una exelente exposición, tonos de color naturales y muy bonitos.
Fondo limpio, con tonos suaves y naturales, me gusta.
Un saludo

Hi Ivan,

‘Skogsblomfluga’ Ok I've tried saying this, but I think I'll stick with the White-striped Forest Hoverfly’ my Swedish is as I have just discovered not all that good, but what an image, the detail in the body and wings is just stunning, wonderful colours, stands out well against the OOF background, lovely work, t.f.s

Cheers Rick :)

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-08-31 22:35]

Hello Ivan, super sharpness and clarity. Super macro shot of this hoverfly. TFS.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-31 22:57]

Hi Ivan,

Loved your notes - it would be nice to be able to pronounce and remember the names of the scientist named insects. I'll think of it as the Forest Hoverfly. Fantastic shot showing the white stripes you mentioned as well as the whole insect if excellent details. Colors are superb of the hoverfly and the flower. I love the transparent wings. You are getting the most from the G9.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-08-31 23:15]

This is just brilliant Ivan.
Perfect focus, sharpness, colours, etc., etc.
Just an amazing image of the Dasysyrphus albostriatus - sounds like an Albatross!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-08-31 23:28]

Hi Ivan

Excellent shot - wonderful pose and great detail - stirling work. You probably know this, but the natural world has Latin names because at one time this was the language everyone knew (the churh and law was conducted in Latin). English has only risen to prominence in the last 100 years (50 really).


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-08-31 23:50]

Hi Ivan!

This picture sets apart from others by its clarity and sharpness. It's amazing. Moreover, the colours are superb, too and I also like the diagonal position of the insect.And I notice that you are good at inventing English names! :-)

Kind regards


Wow Ivan,

This is super macro work. You have done this really well. Good composition, focus and DOF. Well done.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-01 0:29]

Hi Ivan,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Hoverfly. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Regards Siggi

Hi Ivan,
A nice capture of this beautiful hover fly. Very well composed with sharp details. You are mastering the G9 pretty fast. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-01 6:08]

Hello Ivan,
Another high quality photo. The colours and sharpness, composition and POV are marvelous. Beautiful OOF BG.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-01 6:37]

Hi Ivan,
i never cease to be impressed by the G9's quality, and what it is capable of in your hands! The clarity and colours here, combined with you POV and composition make this worthy of any scientific journal in my opnion, English or Swedish :o) Very well done.

You and Ulla...not a thing goes un-noticed or what one sees one shares...Jane and I are the same way...very clean image Ivan. Almost has a film quality to it...very printable as is I am sure...And your extensive knowledge keeps on expanding to all of us...

merhaba Ivan,
This is very interesting looking fly, a bit similar to bee. Nowadays I meet them often. But your macro-shot wonderful. Excellent sharp details, great POV and composition. Good informative notes. I enjoy to read them. Thanks for sharing. best wishes my friend

Hello Ivan,
What a beautiful Hoverfly! Great colors and composition,
very nice notes. thanks for the support.. Well done


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-09-01 9:53]

Hello Ivan, Fantastic view of tyhis hovery fly and great clarity. Sharp image and well shot. Ganesh

Hi Ivan.
A magnificent composition!
Wonderful flower with its exuberant insect!
Splendid coloration, sharpness and details.
Thanks for sharing this marvel.
José Roberto

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-01 10:50]

Hi Ivan. I must have missed this beauty yesterday. Such a clear picture with good detail and natuerals. You have use the light well to make it shine. well done TFS . good notes too.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-01 11:20]

Hello Ivan! Perfect sharpness and a beautiful composition. The exposure is fine and it gives a great macro shot! Well done, thanks!


Hi Ivan,
Very nice shot with so much details and brilliant colours. I did not meet this hoverfly already. Thanks for this virtual meeting! Best regards,

Hello Ivan,
I told Ulla how I respect the G9 for those awesome macro from her gallery!
This is so beautiful with neat and clean image!
the exposure and focus is perfect here with great details
my compliment!

Hi Ivan,
Very beautiful macro shot of this Hoverfly. Details are pin sharp, colours are bright and natural. You are right it would make it much easier for non-specialist people to know these insects if they only had English names.

Hi Ivan,
Beautiful picture,
I like the way the flowers and the hover fly suit one another,
We in Cyprus call them "Bal Arisi" which means "Honey Bee".
Colours and details very clear,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-09-01 13:36]

Hi Ivan

I don't believe we have names for all of them here either :) But i would probably blame their number...it should be difficult to give a new name for every different species of insect :))

Anyway, this does affect you shot in any way, because this is one very beautiful macro!
The details here are simply impeccable and the overall sharpness of the hoverfly is spot-on. You managed both the DOF and the exposure perfectly and therefore you couldn't have asked for anything else better in this photo.
Great job!

Bravo and TFS

Well, you wrote today about very important thing Ivan! Of course the most important is the Latin name, but who (except scientist) need such names? These are only two words "without" any meaning for "normal person". And that is why some groups of organism have "local names" (I mean national, but even national names are local :>). On the other hand it is really imposible (and is it really necessary??? I really do not think so...) to name every single species using national name? For vertebrates - yes of course, for vertebrates - yes, but I think for most characteristic or common species. But who cares abour Collembola or Nematoda? ;>
It is really interesting that in Sweden you have Swedish names for almost (?) all "huge" insects. But maybe it is because of history? You had Linne, now you have Swedish names ;>

And a few words about picture! Lovely photo with great clarity and wonderful details. Bravo also for details which allow to recognize it from some other Syrphidae. For the fist view it is very similar to many other species, but now I amsure I will recognize it without problems!
TFS this interesting presentation!

I do not know what i like better, Ivan, the shot or your lovely note!I'm glad Idon't have to choose!
Very well done!

Hello Ivan. Interesting argument complementing this top class shot. Very sharp and vivid detail with matted compound eyes. I like the framing of the perch with pleasing silenced bg. Well done and thanks for sharing. Regards. Jusni

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-02 0:12]

Hello Ivan,
Very interesing note going with an excellent picture of this Dasysyrphus albostriatus. Actually I never noticed these stripes on the thorax and I couldn't find this species in my pictures (unfortunately I lost a lot of hoverfly pictures). In German we have the same possibility as in Swedish to construct composed names, which is very fortunate.
Very colourful and well composed picture.
Thanks a lot

Hi Ivan,
Nice soft lite macro shot. Amazing details too. TFS

Ciao Ivan, beautiful macro with wonderful colors, great capture of lovely hoverfly with splendid sharpness and good details, bravo, ciao Silvio

Hello Ivan,

I do agree so whole-heartedly with your comments about names!
This is an excellent, sharp shot of the hoverfly. His wings have the appearance of glass!
It is very well composed, with an unusual orientation and a very good dof.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Ivan,

Sorry I was sick yesterday and I missed this one. Excellent composition. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. Splendid colours. The ivy begins to blossom and I have had already seen a lot of syrphid flies on it. It is a pity that the weather is not good to take pictures (too much wind and no sun).

Hello Ivan, superb close-up shot of this fly with super details. TFS.

Hi My beloved friend Ivan,
Superb macro shot of this hoverfly with great details, DOF/POV and colours!
Many thanks for sharing this.

Ps. thanks for your kind reply on d-fly:)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6525 W: 89 N: 15623] (65353)
  • [2008-09-02 13:28]

Hi Ivan,the colors are fantastics! Nothing better that a purple flower to show a yellow bee! It's a perfetc marriage! My best compliments for the top quality of sharpness and details,have a nice day and thanks for share,Luciano

Those two white stripes on the thorax definitely set this Hoverfly apart from many others including the ones we see here in India in early summer, Ivan.
The image is, indeed, phenomenally sharp and colourful and highlights all the features of this fly very effectively. The subject stands out sharply despite a cluster of richly coloured flowers behind it.
Your note makes a lot of sense to me, personally.
Thanks and regards.

Hola Ivan,
Excelente macro de bonita composición, gran definición con una luz y colores magníficos, saludos
José Ramón

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-09-03 10:20]

Hi Ivan.
I cannot imagine more nice and pleasant shot. Flowers and hoverfly are wonderful and wish to watch them again and again. Lights, colours are fine. Details and sharpness of the petals and insect are incredible. Composition is the best as well as the cropping. Bravo and thanks for this beauty.

Hello Ivan

Excellent macro of this species of insect,
fine POV and framing, great focus, sharpness,
details, and contrast, TFS


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