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Oplodontha viridula

Oplodontha viridula
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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: 2009-07-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/19, 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: 2009-09-01 2:49
Viewed: 3001
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lesser known backyard creatures:

This is an 8 mm long Stratiomyid (Diptera; Stratiomyidae; Oplodontha viridula; Grüne Waffenfliege). It sits on Valeriana officinalis, growing freely in my yard. You notice the two horns on the scutellum, the hallmark of the whole fly family. Interesting: the abdomen may be green.

ID: Except for the Syrphids, Dipterans are a pain in the neck for ID. Some species stand out however and this is one of them, the only representative of the genus hereabout. The specks in the eye, the metallic reflections of the body, the yellow (or green) abdomen give it away. It's a first on TN.

Technical stuff: I'm not able to portray small insects like this one with a compact camera. A macro flash and manual focusing are needed.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-09-01 4:28]

Lieber Dieter,
Schönes kontrastreiches Bild dieser kleinen Waffenfliege. Die Bildschärfe ist super, der Bildaufbau auch sehr gelungen. Diese Bild gefällt mir sehr und dazu ist es noch ein First!
Herzlich grüsst

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-09-01 8:22]

Very beautiful capture, interesting species and fine colors of the flowers. tfs.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-09-01 8:56]

Very good macro of this Diptera, also the Flower is very nice colored!

Hello Dietrich!
Interesting species of fly, this family is often "overlooked". Good details, light and composition but I think that there are some noises.
Best regards,

Hi Dietrich,

A very interesting little fly and an impressive image, difficult to capture, at best. The use of flash has dropped out all background, which simplifies the composition, very effective in this case. Nice shot!


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