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Systoechus sulphureus

Systoechus sulphureus
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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: 2008-06-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-25 3:18
Viewed: 3117
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The "Berne-Fribourg" chapter of TN is reporting (continued):

The picture has been taken in Anne's garden in Valais. To photograph flying insects is quite bothersome. I will say (almost) nothing about the many rotten shots it took to get this one. Finally I got this Bristle bee-fly female of 10 mm length (Diptera; Bombyliidae; Systoechus or Systoecus sulphureus = S. ctenopterus (Mikan, 1796) ) while it held still in the air. You may notice how the fly holds its hind legs up, using them as balancers.

ID: The last systematical paper on Systoechus species reported for Valais I found was from 1888 (Wiener Entomol. Zeitschr.). The cream color, the black bristles on the abdomen and the brown tinge on the wing base help to identify. Very helpful is the key on http://home.hccnet.nl/mp.van.veen/bombyliidae/index.html

Technical stuff: Handheld, twin flash. In post-processing with PS some sharpening artistry was necessary (the fly is not entirely sharp) , trial and error the devise.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-25 3:20]

Hi Dietrich,
Beautiful in-flight macro.Well caught and composed.POV,details,motion blurr on wings and composition are perfect.Masterpiece!
Thanks for posting.

Hallo Dieter!

Du überraschst mich mit diesem Bild eigentlich nicht. Wer dich beim Fotografieren beobachtet, erkennt bald, dass dabei gute Resultate herausschauen müssen. Dieses hier ist etwas ganz Besonderes, denn ein so kleines Insekt im Flug zu erwischen, ist schon ein Kunststück! Zudem hat die Bearbeitung in PS offenbar ihre Früchte getragen.

Herzliche Gratulation!



Dietrich, excelente macro, una toma dinamica, con mucha dificultad y con muy buenos resultados. Me gusta la composición (descentrado el motivo), nitidez en el motivo, buena luz y color. Enhorabuena. Un saludo

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-06-25 4:24]

Hi Dietrich,
perfect work, great reward for your effort.
good composition, sharpness where it is required, good colors with good BG and great action to see. TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-06-25 8:33]

Lieber Dieter,
Schöne dezentrierte Komposition, viel Licht über den Senfblumen und dieses Ding, das da schwebt..fast ein minimalistisches Bild. Bist auch fündig geworden, hat sich scheinbar mehr als hundert Jahre niemand um diesen Wollschweber gekümmert. Sie danken Dir und ich auch

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-06-25 13:49]

hi Dietrich,
very nice shot in flight, great colors and timing.


Hello Dietrich, perfect capture of this Bristle bee-fly female. TFS.
Regards, Bahadır

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-26 8:39]

Wow! Awesome in-flight shot of this Bee Fly!
The pose is superb!
Excellent clarity and sharpness, superb DOF, incredibly accurate focusing and a brilliant composition.

Very well done!


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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-06-26 19:20]

Hi Dietrich , wow this is a really neat photo , you certainly met this challenge well , a great in-flight capture with nice sharp detail , nice work

Hi dear Dietrich ,
Great shot with excellent focus.
Well done.


Bonjour Dietrich
Très belle prise et en vol SVP!
Excellente netteté, couleurs et bonne lumière, très joli travail.
Amicalement Robi

Belle réalisation aux qualités artistiques indéniables.
Bonne journée.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-15 3:12]

Hello Dietrich!

This is real dream-shot. Bujanka [in Polish ;-)] captured while hovering over flower. Perfectly sharp and detailed with fantastic frontal POV. Yellow BG isolated main subject very well. Fantastic work.
BTW - I like your title also - I read the book and watched movie :-)

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