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A resting Hoverfly

A resting Hoverfly
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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: 2008-04-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro + 1.4x Converter, Digital ISO-200, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/16, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-17 4:30
Viewed: 2564
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Hoverfly I found a few days ago resting on a blade of grass :-)

Can anyone identify this Hoverfly?

In the mean-time here's some info on Hoverflies in general:

Flies in the Diptera family Syrphidae are commonly known as hoverflies, flower flies, or Syrphid flies.

As their common names suggest, they are often seen hovering or nectaring at flowers; the adults of many species feed mainly on nectar and pollen, while the larvae (maggots) eat a wide range of foods. In some species, the larvae are saprotrophs, eating decaying plant and animal matter in the soil or in ponds and streams. In other species, the larvae are insectivores and prey on aphids, thrips, and other plant-sucking insects.

Aphids alone cause tens of millions of dollars of damage to crops worldwide every year, and so aphid-feeding hover-flies are being recognized as important natural enemies of pests, and potential agents for use in biological control. Some adult syrphid flies are important pollinators.

About 6,000 species in 200 genera have been described. Hoverflies are common throughout the world and can be found on every continent except Antarctica.

Hoverfly larvae prey upon pest insects, including the leafhoppers which spread some diseases like curly top. Therefore they are seen in agriculture as a natural means of reducing the risk of diseases like curly top.

Gardeners, therefore, will sometimes use companion plants to attract hoverflies. Those reputed to do so include alyssum, Iberis umbellata, statice, buckwheat, chamomile, parsley, and yarrow.


PaulH, eqshannon, jaycee, Alex99, boreocypriensis, fartash, SkyF, zulfu, nglen, Juyona, JoshLewis, Proframe, TAZ, gannu, marhowie, ellis49, vanderschelden has marked this note useful
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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-17 5:04]

Afternoon Joe,
very impressive macro as always, DOF is just about bang on to show this Hoverfly's head in all it's complicated glory. Very good detail and a great POV. Can't help on the ID, sorry.

Hello Joe!
Great captured, sharp and clear, lesson of anatomy;)
TFS, cheers

Now why would you arrest a fly? :-) Nevermind....and I am on a manic roll this AM Joey so you will please excuse me! A very nice close in shot. Remarkable detail which would help a medical examiner for pete's sake it is so close in...You are indeed the Master of Micro.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-17 7:57]

Hi Joe,

I didn't have to read a name to know whose post this was. Great macro of the hoverfly. Wonderful details of the face. I love the legs on the leaf.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-17 8:55]

Hi Joe.
Extreme macro shot. You have used so long lens system and have got extremely shallow DOF. Despite of that portrait of hoverfly is very impressive. Eye patter and texture of the head are reproduced perfectly. Flash work and colours are superb too. Have you cropped an image. Shorter distance the shallower DOF. In such cases I take subject from longer distance for getting larger DOF and than apply a crop. My best wishes and TFS.

Hello Joe
This is a very impressive macro indeed..Stunning details.
You have a very shallow dof for f16 though..Not that your focussing isnt brilliant at all!!
How are you finding the 180 sigma?..and combined with the convertor?...Im interested as I am thinking about buying one.
A stunning capture and My hat is tipped to you Sir.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-17 11:24]

Hello Joe,
What a details in this impressive macro! Beautiful colours and POV.

Hello Joe
Wonderful closeup of this Hoverfly,
Perfect details,lighting and POV.Superb shot my friend.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-17 12:45]

Hi Joe,
this is quite the macro, incredible details that you captured.
I like the DOF and the POV you chose for this composition.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-04-17 13:12]

Hello Joe,
Splendid macro capture of this hoverfly focusing to its eyes! TFS.


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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2008-04-17 13:21]

Hi Joe!

Unbelievable macro with unbelievable details! Color space and wetness are wonderful. And composed perfectly.

Sorry for being so short, for a few weeks it will remain because of work. TFS!

Best regards,

Ciao Joe,
superba macro!
Ottima la definizione sul capo ed in particolare sull'occhio.
Si possono contare i singoli ommatidi.
Davvero un bel lavoro.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-17 13:54]
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Hi Joe . This is what you call a macro or a very close up macro. not to sure that you coul get any closer. the detail in the eye is spot on good natural colours . good POV/DOF. well done TFs .

I need to get out with the macro lens and make a start.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-04-17 14:03]

sorprendente macro Joe,
realismo y bellos detalles,
buen trabajo,

Hello Joe,

A very fine photo, also very nice note you have there! Its interesting! Perhaps I should try taking photos like these, once again, thanks for the great photo! Thanks for sharing! Cheers Josh Lewis.

Perfect sharpness and focus on the eye Joe.
Love the warm color tones, light and details.
Very well done again my friend. TFS!!!

Warm regards, Harry

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2008-04-17 23:03]

Hello dear Joey,
Wooooow ! What an impressive portrait for our eyes pleasure ! Great equipment for great result !
The "+++++" : composition, subject, POV, sharpness, incredible details, DOF, blurred BG, exposure, colors...
The "-" : nothing as usual...
Bravo my friend and thanks for sharing,

Hi my Friend, owlman Joe,
Superb macro capture with wonderfull clarity!
All are perfect my friend! Splendid composition!
I can easily count its ommatidia!


Hi Joe,
Excellent detail seen in the face & eye segments..I like your POV.
The light/color and OOF green BG, along with the leafs surface FG make it great :)
What R U using for flash BTW?
I don't think most people know how hard it is to pull this off.
Very well done,

Hi Joe, amazing portrait with superb details, splendid focus and wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Joe,
a fine macro work with good sharpness and fine details where it counts. The DOF will be quite shallow with this settings,
a converter with a long macro-lens, nothing unusual with that.
You did well with manual focus or did you used the tape-trick?
Well composed with a nice POV and good handle wiht the built-in flash.
Well done, young friend.
Have a nice weekend.

Your macros area awesome! Always the best!!!!!!!!!!

Good macro work, Tom.
You can count the eye particles...

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-19 1:14]

Hello Joey,
It was bit too close and scary. Hmm I never knew the eyes are so complicated. Well done Ganesh smiley tmrw

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-20 18:27]

Hi Joe,
Wonderful macro shot with immaculate sharpness and clear details. Perfect lighting and spot-on focus on its eye. great POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-22 8:15]

Hello Joe

Exceptional clarity here Joe.The details are crisp and sharp.
Excellent focus and DOF.
Very good POV.
The lighting is well utilized and the colours are vivid.


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