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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-21
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/2.7, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Unusual critters, Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-25 4:10
Viewed: 3029
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bee-flies belong to the Order Diptera (True Flies), Family Bombyliidae. The example illustrated, Bombylius major, is the largest and best known of the British species. The body is stout and furry, so that the fly has a strong superficial resemblance to a bumblebee, although the long, spindly legs are rather different from those of a bee. It has a long, rigid proboscis held out in front of the head, which is used to probe for nectar while the fly hovers at flowers (rather like a humming bird). Its hovering and darting flight, accompanied by a high-pitched whine, is much more agile than that of a bee. The larval stages live as parasites in the nests of solitary bees (e.g., Andrena, Halictus and Colletes species), where they eat the food stores and grubs of their host.

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Un macro muy bueno joey.Es un insecto muy raro.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-04-25 6:16]

These are such strange characters, aren't they? You show him well Joe, but his wings were a bit too fast for you. Still, it is good to see,

Hi Joe,
I use to call the "flying hairballs".
You manage to take a very good in-flight shot of this quick and
restless flying insect.
Good details, nice colouts and good POV.
Well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-25 7:02]

Hello Joe,
Fine close macro of a Beefly with excellent details of the head and proboscis. Good lighting, colour and pleasing compo.. All in all an excellent post.
Well done and TFS!
Best wishes, Ivan

Hi Joe,
Very good macro of this bee!
Their sting really looks pretty dangerous!
I like very much your POV and close approach, got pretty clear details and very sharp.
The colour contrast of the dominant warm tones and the green of the plant works pretty well in this image.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hello Joe
Excellent closeup of Bee Fly,
Perfect focusing on Head and lighting,
Fantastic colors,Welldone.


Hello Joe!
Very nice close-up of bombylid fly! Nice details, DOF and POV. I like also natural colouration of this photo and interesting note.
TFS and best greetings,

Hi Joe,
The DOF is a bit shallow but the eye is sharp. The image is colourful and well composed.

Good macro shot, detail and exposure are on the mark.


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-04-26 2:07]

Hello Joe,

Very good macro, certainly the golden colour, you manage to take a very good in-flight shot of this quick or slow insect. Nice done. TFS.

Best regards,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-04-26 6:16]
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Joe good shot but the wings and other areas are slightly out of focus. That could be because of aperture. But in a way excellent shot.

very good macro shot of this beefly, Great details in the head and very good colours.

Hi Joe,

I love this macro, it's interesting to see detail of any sort of fly and this has plenty to show. I do love the clarity though a little sharper wouldn't hurt.

The golden colour to the photo is also quite nice. I do like it, quite a bit over all. The DOF works nicely too. One thing is distracting me and that is the bit of plant on the lefthand bottom corner.

I posted a workshop. Hope its alright. :)


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