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Helophilus hybridus

Helophilus hybridus
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Copyright: Vinny Blood (Vinster) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 5 N: 185] (789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM, SanDisk Ducati 8GB
Exposure: f/11, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-07 9:47
Viewed: 2955
Points: 12
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Hi All

I have been absent from the TN site for a while but with good reason - back in late July our car 'died' and we have been waiting for a replacement ever since. It has proven very difficult to find public transport to get out and about to my favourite areas for photography. We live in the centre of a large conurbation so we don't get all that much wildlife in our garden. All this means I have done very little photography over the last four months.

However the good news is that our new car has now arrived in the UK and should be with the dealership in about two weeks. I am really looking forward to getting back out in the wild - even if I have missed the best of autumn. I hope to start posting here again on a regular basis soon!

In the meantime here is a picture of an unusual Hoverfly: a female Helophilus hybridus. TN members who are interested in flies will probably be familiar with H.trivittatus and H.pendulus - both of which are frequent visitors to gardens. This species is more of a specialist as it is more or less confined to fens, marshes, wet woodlands and similar habitats. The larvae live in water where there is an abundance of rotting vegetation. The adults do not normally venture too far away from water.

I took this image on a visit to the Somerset levels in September (my parents very kindly took me and my wife on a day trip there). Having photographed the other Helophilus species mentioned above in my garden last year I knew this was a little different, and I believe this may be a TN first! The pale patches on the flanks are fairly distinctive. The resulting shot has been cropped and sharpened.

Kind Regards - and hope to be posting at least weekly again soon! ;p

Vinny www.vincentblood.com

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-07 9:56]

Hi Vinny. I know just what you mean about not having your car. because of my health i can not drive again . I am lucky to live the other side of Wimborne and the wife drives.Lets hope you are out and about soon.
This is a very brightly taken picture of the hoverfly. I like the top POV so we can see the markings ond wings. Which you have taken with fine detail and sharp focusing . All with bright colours. Your lens and camera have worked well in your hands. TFs.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-07 9:56]

Hello Vinny,
Welcome back to TN!
A fine macro of H. hybridus, that I don't think has beesn shown on TN before, if so congatulations on this first!
Technically first class with fine sharpness and contrast against the umbelliferous flowers.
Thanks with hopes that your new car performs as expected.
Have a good weekend,

Hi Vinny,
this is a beautiful shot remembering us to the warm summerdays.
I love the glance in the wings and the good sharpness. Thanks, very pretty post
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hello Vinny
super sharpness picture very good composition with beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hello Vinny,
Yes, it is an unusual hoverfly. I never see it despite I have always a eye for hoverflies. Very good capture, with The best POV to see details on the head, wings, legs and abdomen. Congratulations,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-10 4:17]

Hello Vinny,
Good to see you back and with a fine sharp capture of this rarely seen Helophilus sp. Excellent colours and very nice details of the flower too. I must check in our Hoverfly 'bible' how it differs from the other H's!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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