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Bombylius discolor

Bombylius discolor
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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: 2009-04-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-04-11 9:05
Viewed: 3729
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lesser known backyard invaders:

This lucky shot is of a Discolored bee fly (Diptera; Bombyliidae; Bombylius discolor Mikan 1793; Vielfarbiger Hummelschweber). It's the biggest of the bee flies in my region (16 mm, bigger than the Large bee fly). It feeds exclusively on Primula elatior in my yard. You can see that the leading edge of the wing is pointing upward; this allows the fly to stand still in the air in hummingbird fashion: fore-and back strokes of the wings with the leading edge first are used to create an uplifting force.

ID: I mention once more the good key in the net from where I draw my wisdom on bee flies: http://home.hccnet.nl/mp.van.veen/bombyliidae/index.html.
In the picture you notice the characteristic signs for the species: the black abdomen and underside, the white abdominal stripe, the brown points on the wings. Bombylius major, the Large bee fly, is seen more often in nature and on TN, but its forewing is brown, the abdomen has no black.

Technical stuff:
The two macro flashes were pointed differently, one to the animal, one to the background. I used f/16 instead of f/19 or f/22 to keep the background unsharp and avoid a loss of sharpness on the animal. With Cut and Paste I had to push the flower in PS a little towards the animal. The rest is as usual.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-04-11 10:02]

Hi Dietrich.
Both your last in-flight shots of the species are stunning. Timing is outstanding as well as the details, sharpness and fill flash. Bravo.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-04-13 6:41]
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Lieber Dieter,
Sehe, dass Du sehr aktiv in Deinem Garten fotografiert hast. Und das Resultat lässt sich sehen! Ich bestaunte Deinen Great Gonzo, aber diese schwebende fast goldene Schönheit gefällt mir auch sehr. Wie immer mit der besten Schärfe fotografiert. Danke auch für den Link.
Da Du bald auf Reisen gehst, wünsche ich Dir noch das Beste für eine interessante Velotour.(uebrigens fährt Ihr mit dem Zug oder Flugzeug?)
Herzlich grüsst

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