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Unknown Fly

Unknown Fly
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Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-30
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Magnificent Macros, Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-11 5:00
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 71
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The day I took this picture, there were al lot of these Flies around. Despite their not very attractiv aspect, they seemed not to to be agressiv. They look quite impressive, and I decided to take a picture from above, flies being mostly shown from the side. I don't know which species it is exactely, but it might have some fly-specialist on TN.

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Hi Anne,
lovely macro shot, very nice point of view, sharp image with good details, the flowers in the bg looks beautiful, nice blurry bg , the reflection on wings look nice, liked the composition,
tfs & regards

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-11 5:10]

Hello Anne,
Wonderful close up.Sharpness,POV,cross framing,exposure and lighting are excellent.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-11 5:19]
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Hello Anne,
This is a superb sharp and well composed macro. Great lighting, detail and BG and it looks good against the white flower.
But I don't think this is a Robber Fly: they have more separated eyes to be able to see their prey. I am not a dipterist, but I think this is a species belonging to the Bibionidae.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

beaux details bravo


It's really one of you'e best macro photographery,Like this one a lot


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-11 5:54]

Hi Anne

A lovely composition - the angular fly on the delicate lines of the flower - set off the wonderful BG.


Hello Anne,
Great sharpness and details in this image.
Exposure is excellent and the composition with the diagonal line of the fly is very good.
I like the way the fly does stand out against the white flower, especially the hairy legs, very much.
Thanks for sharing.
Kindest regards, Harry

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-07-11 6:27]

Hi Anne.
What a great macro shot. My congratulations. Excellent diagonal composition and terrific sharpness and details of the fly. Lights and especially shadows are so impressive as well as superb smooth and colourful BG. Bravo and TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-11 7:13]

Hello Anel,
Fantastic macro showing this fly in super sharp details! It looks fantastic on the white flower where the beautiful brown colours on the wings really show up. Very fine background too.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Hi Anne,
This is my first time to see robber fly from this pov. Perfect focus and handle of light. Beautifully composed. TFS,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-07-11 7:41]

Hi Anne,

very well done, lovely composition and great capture of details. The deep rich colours of the BG enhance this image alot.

bonjour anne
pour une fois cette mouche n'a pas une proie entre les pattes!
la netteté est extra et le sujet est bien detaillé.
l'exposition sur la fleur est parfaite.

Il est net exactement où il faut. Impeccable.
Bonne journée.

Hi Anne,
a very sharp and well composed close-up,
the exposure and DOF is good too.
Well done.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-11 11:07]

Hi Anne.
This your macro is really so sharp-perfect.Very detailed picture,well composed with diagonale position of this robberfly on flower and very good managed DOF with pretty blurred BG.Beautiful colors and very good light too.Superb done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-11 12:58]

Hi Ann. a very clear shot with good detail and colour.A nice POV/DOF.very well done TFS.

Hope your son has used the "wild Pansies" medicine and is now feeling better.
This fly is very common in Australia. It kills bees. It belongs to the: Asilidae family.
And you can read about it on the internet.

No need of further comment; it is that good.
Greetings from Canada from Mario.

Hello Anne,
This is a very attractive image, as the few colours add attraction!
The fly is skilfully captured, the details are amazing...
I like the composition, it is dynamic!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

great macro shot,sharp image withgood details

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-12 1:05]

Hi Anne,
Outstanding macro shot with impeccable sharpness and clear details of this trecherous Robber Fly. Set against the white flowers as BG it stands out perfectly. I like the sheen on its wings and the neat focus. Excellent POV to present its dorsal view and a superb composition. Kudos.

Hi Anne and WOW,

Fantastic macro work ! Absolutly superb !
Fascinating details and a great composition !


Magnifique macro, quels détails, une merveille.

selam, Great shot and very good composition nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done ! Regards ridvan

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-12 9:32]
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Hi Anne,
Not very attractive for me too, but a really rare and new fly to me :-)
Perfect details, colours and pov. You've get the most of it!
TFS, José M.

Hello Anne,
Stunning macro with so much details on the fly itself, what I called a super macro that you almost touch it!
good exposure and focus with pov
thanks for sharing, Anne
greeting from NZ

Hello Anne!
At first some correction to species ID - this is not a robber fly (Asilidae) but most probably a Empididae species. This family can be easy recognized thanks to long mouthparts (Asilidae do not have such long one).
Anyway, this is a very nice macro, with very good details. Only some noise reduction would be nice :)
TFS and have a nice evening,

Hi Anne, fantastic macro, elegant composition with splendid focus, great sharpness, perfect details, wonderful colors, BRAVISSIMA! very well done, ciao Silvio

Hola Anne,
Excelente acercamiento de gran definición con mucho detalle, buena la iluminación y el fondo, Saludos
José Ramón

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-07-18 18:39]

Wow! What a monster! Well captured, Anne! The sharpen details are amazing and you did a nice work!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-07-19 11:20]

Hi Anne

Excellent macro work with sharp details on this unusual looking fly. Nicely framed and great DOF



Bonsoir Anne, quelle superbe macro, netteté parfaite, couleurs superbe et jolie compososition, bravo

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-07-21 7:01]

salut Anne,
peut être inconnue mais particulièrment réussie comme cliché.
Le plan serré donne des détails superbes, le blanc et noir sont bien associés. Une petite correction du bruit est néccessaire sur le BG.


Bonsoir Anne
je suis admirative de ta galerie.
Vraiment superbe ce cadrage avec un bel angle de prise de vue et une excellente PDC.
La coleur blanche de la fleur fait ressortir cette mouche

PS:pour les papillons et autres p'tites bêtes ,je suis nulle pour les noms...!!!!

Hello Anne
This a fantastically sharp picture. I also had a day in my village in england where there were many of these flys and I failed miserably to capture a shot anywhere near to yours..I did however capture one in a foxglove bell where his thorax is unmistakably the same fly. I am truly in awe of your pictures sharpness and detail and many thanks for sharing it.
kindest regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-03 6:11]

Hi Anne,
what shall I say to this brilliant shot. Silvery wings and superbs clarity, diagonal composition takes it effect in making this shot real pleasant and captivating.
This hairy guy really enjoys himself.


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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2010-04-09 9:41]

Hallo Anee, da ist Dir ja ein super Makro gelungen. Glückwunsch!
Lieben Gruß Rose

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