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Volucella pellucens

Volucella pellucens
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/29.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hoverflies II, Syrphidae (Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-08 6:31
Viewed: 2963
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Better known backyard creatures

I have to show more flies on TN despite their lack of appeal. There are some really nice ones out there. Take this 15 mm hoverfly Volucella pellucens (Diptera; Syrphidae; Gemeine Waldschwebfliege). It sits on a welked Knautia arvensis, not as usual on a white flower or bush.

ID: it is easy, but there is a similar species with a yellow instead of white abdominal band, V. inflata.

Used literature: K. Kormann, 2002. Schwebfliegen und Blasenkopffliegen Mitteleuropas. Fauna Verlag.

Technical stuff: RAW, ISO 200, 1/125 sec; f/29; macro lens, macro twin flash with light dispersers; monopod. Post-processing in PS: stamp out flower parts, sharpen 2x, enhance contrast, blur background, crop and resize.

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A fly, a fly, a very beautiful fly! :)
Really nice macro Dietrich! Eye are very sharp (I can see ommatidia!), many setae are visible in perfect way! Also colors and details looks very good! Very well done!
And I am waiting for the next macro from you! :)
Friendly yours,

Hi Dietrich
Very good shot of these fly. Nice flash photo. Good sharpness, nice POV, good OOF background
Best wishes

Hello Dietrich

Wonderful shot of a hoverfly. Excellent.

Hallo Dieter!

Der eine belichtet dicke Schneeschichten, der andere winzig kleine Insekten, die eher wie ausserirdische Geschöpfe anmuten. Und doch haben beide etwas gemeinsam: die Liebe zur Natur und zur Schöpfung...

Dein Bild ist beeindruckend. Die Details sind hervorragend, die Belichtung optimal. Congratulations!

Grüessli, ù as schöös wocheendi!


Hello Klaus

Great details, Excellent makro. TFS friend!


Hello Dietrich,

Very nice and sharp picture of this Hover Fly. Today was almost spring here and there were a lot of flies (mostly blue bottle and eristalis tenax), a lot of ladybirds also. They are back, finally! But I have still to work a lot to get such a sharpness.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-08 8:30]

Hello Dietrich,
Great side-view macro of Volucella pelucens. The high aperture and flash giving you the excellent sharpness and DOF together with good colours, the flash so well used that it looks like ambient light.
Thanks for sharing this fine image,

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-02-08 9:36]

Hello Dietrich,
beautiful shot, great presentation of this hoverfly!
perfect details and sharpness, nice background,
regards, Dejan

Ciao Dietrich,
davvero una bella specie, ottimamente fotografata.
In particolare non avevo mai notato la particolare forma dell'ala che, alla base, ha una porzione in parte separata e perpendicolare all'ala stessa. Sembrano quasi un secondo paio di piccole ali!

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2008-02-08 10:48]

HI Dietrich,
Looking at your photo I must to recognize that a fly can be beautiful! Is an excellent capture with great details.
TFS, Dan

Hi Dietrich,

Beautiful shot of this big hooverfly
Excellent sharp details
lovely colors and compo

TFS Thijs

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-09 0:38]

Hi Dietrich.
Once more amazing macro shot with terrific details of the impressive hoverfly. DOF (f/29) is amazing, sharpness is ultimate and POV is the best. I like nice composition of the picture. Bravo.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-10 2:44]

Hi Dietrich,
Excellent macro!
Well composed with beutiful details!

Lieber Dietrich,
atemberaubend detailreiche, enorm tiefenscharfe Nahaufnahme dieser kleinen Schwebfliege.
Ästhetisch und technisch ein Leckerbissen - exzellente Makrofotografie!
Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüßen,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-10 12:35]

Excellent macro,Dietrich.
Very good lighting, sharp and detailed image, very nice colours.TFS

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