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Pollenia rudis

Pollenia rudis
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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: 2009-12-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-12 6:57
Viewed: 3506
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lesser known backyard inhabitants:

The pretty 9 mm long Cluster fly appeared at my window in December (Diptera; Calliphoridae; Pollenia rudis (Fabr.); Graugelbe Polsterfliege; la Pollénie du Lombric). The fly larvae are parasites of Earthworms, the adults sit around on decaying matter or flowers. In the cold season they seek shelter in houses, may get active on sunny days but will not feed or reproduce. This particular behavior has led to its propagation from Europe to the USA in boats.

ID: The golden hairs and the yellow-brown stigmata on the thorax hint on the genus. The abdomen has a tesselate grey-black pattern that wears off like the golden hairs in time. For this reason some of these flies appear almost completely black. There are other species in the same genus (P. amentaria; P. angustigena; P. pallida; P. dasylpoda) but details in the coloration of the head and bristle patterns tell them apart. I cannot sure whether I hit it all right with the species.

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Verry good details of this fly.
Great macro capture with perfect clarity.
Best regards.Alin.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-12 7:05]

Hello Dietrich,
A fantastic macro in a superb diagonal composition and wonderful details. The colours are beautiful, just like the contrasting OOF BG. Good POV and DOF.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-12 7:13]

Hello Dietrich
Amazing capture with excellent details and wonderful colors

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-12 7:13]

Wonderful sharp details to this little lovely fly!
Great details and colors.

What a great macro!
Wonderful details and colors.

Hi Dietrich,
ich bin schon immer recht fasziniert welch' "alltägliche" Insekten Du zeigst, die sich im Makro als wahre Schönheiten entpuppen. Wer würde schon eine Fliege hübsch finden - aber die Details zeigen unglaubliche Dinge, die vielen Haare, am Oberkörper wirken sie fast wie ein Pelz.
Tolles Bild, Danke und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Dietrich,

Super macro work. Point of view, detail and sharpness very successful. Thanks for sharing.

Best Regards.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-12 8:14]

Hi Dietrich,
Magnificent macro shot.Looks like alive.POV,3D effect and details are excellent.Have a great weekend!
Thanks for posting..

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-12 8:21]

Hello Dietrich,
A superb sharp macro of this Calliphorid fly. The lateral POV and masterly use of flash contribute to an excellent portrait of this pecies, with the neutral Bg helping to emphasise it.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-12 8:45]

Guten Abend Dietrich,
super Makro. Was für eine Klarheit! Was für einene wunderschönen BG !
Ein schöner Abend,

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2009-12-12 9:04]

hi dietrich,
fantastique réalisation, la netteté est très bien maîtisée pour obtenir de fins détails. Superbe clareté associée à de bonnes couleurs vives.

hello dietrich
super sharpness Macro shot
with very good details and beautiful colours
nice composition
greeting lou

Hello Dietrich,
at first thanks for your qualified comment about my picture, i am proud that you chose it as one of your favorites; a superb macro shot of this tiny insect taken with impressive detail, perfect use of flash light with bright colours, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-12-12 16:06]

Slav Dîetrîch,
Excellent sharp details of this photo.Very good capture.TFS.

Hallo Dietrich
The details and fine features captured on this Cluster fly is striking and well captured. I like the view from the side, showing the full profile and features that we do not always see if taken from above, like for instance the tips on the paws. This is a great macro, photographed very precisely, especially the body hairs. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi Dietrich
Another interesting perfect technically photo in your gallery. Note is also ineteresting. The only thing that could be changed here is the OOF plant in background. I think that it would look nice without it ;-)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-12-14 3:57]

Lieber Dieter,
Wirklich eine spezielle Fliege mit goldenen und silbernen Färbung. Und das sieht man sicher nur auf einem Bild, wie dies. Schönes und sorgfältiges Foto, mit einem feinen Hintergrund und einem interessantem Aufbau. Gut gemacht, Dieter.
Wünsche Dir eine schöne Woche.
Herzlich grüsst

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-14 12:23]

Great fine sharp details.
TFS and see you on TN
Best wishes,

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