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Eristalinus Hoverfly

Eristalinus Hoverfly
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-09 5:03
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I had some sharp macro images of this Hoverfly of the Eristalinus genus taken in Riyadh way back in the summer of 2006, so I thought of taking out one and posting this close-up picture of its very special compound eye. Hope you like it.

Eristalinus is a genus of hoverfly. Most species have very distinctive eye marking in the form of spots or banding, though these features may fade on some preserved specimens. Most are stout flies, and are nimble flyers, even compared to other hoverfly species.


At one time the members of this genus were divided into three clades (Eristalinus, Eristalodes and Lathyrophthalmus) based on morphological characters such as whether the eyes were spotted or striped. Recently Pérez-Bañon et al. studying the European species of Eristalinus using a combination of molecular data and male genitalia characters have determined that the genus in Europe at least, divides neatly into two clades - Eristalinus(+Lathyrophthalmus) & Eristalodes. It was also discovered that the eye patterning was not taxonomically important as Eristalodes contained members with eyes either spotted or striped.


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wow! such a clarity! seems like am watching a still from Discovery :)
thanks for sharing,

Ciao Ram. Great compo here and excellent DOF. Impressive focused big eye MF!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-09 6:07]

Hello Ram,
A macro in superb sharpness, details, DOF and beautiful clear colours. Nice blurry background.

hello Ram
very nice macro shot with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • aljy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 4 N: 42] (593)
  • [2012-01-09 7:11]

hello ram

silky dress of hoverfly cool to see.sigma 105 is a talanted lens as i know.perfection of ur light and colour control much better.one of the best macro from ur days.


Ciao Ram, fantastic details of hoverfly's eye, great macro, excellent sharpness, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-01-09 9:12]

Once again you remind us that you have an extensive image archive Ram.
Not only that but those that you choose to load up are of excellent quality, like this macro of this Hoverfly species, notable for its special eyes. The sharpness and DOF are excellent to show the features of this Eristalinus with fine detail and natural colours.
Thanks and kind regards,

WOW never have i seen eyeballs like this! LOVE IT~ Excellent macro with incredible sharp detail and just look at those cute lil macro feet! You must be thrilled to have captured this. Thank you so much for sharing

Hello Ram,
For me this is a very interesting fly captured with excellent focus on the eye. Natural colours, POV and DOF are great. Well done!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-09 11:37]

Hello Ram.
Very nice close up of this hoverfly, the details are just amazing as well as the composition. Nice shot.Best regards Siggi

Hello Mr. Ram!
What a shot!... What a shot!... and what a fly! 100 points for you MF!... This is a interesting but!... We have some Eristalinus here, but nothing as it!... Regards and TFS!

yesterday I was busy, so I missed this beauty. a magnificent and amazing macro shot this is.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-01-10 11:58]

Hi Ram,
Excellent macro work. Nice colours with excellent detail.
Excellent focus on the eye.
Regards Jiri.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-01-11 4:19]

Hello Ram,
You have still a lot of pictures in your archives. This Hoverfly from Saudi Arabia has really amazing eyes! Excellent focus on them which allows us to see all details.
I would like to wish you a very happy new year and keep your enthousiasm for nature!
Kind regards

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