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Toxomerus Hoverfly

Toxomerus Hoverfly
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Copyright: Mike Hodgson (Fisher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L USM, Sigma 36mm Ext. Tube
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-20 13:15
Viewed: 5151
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a female Toxomerus Hoverfly, Toxomerus geminatus.

Just one of many species of hoverflies in my backyard. I had to cut the grass :( so, my specimens are either in hover heaven or have gone to find another host. No worries, I'll find more. :)

Thanks for looking


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Hoverfly killer!!! You done gone an hacked'em to heaven. Just kidding. Excellent shot Mike, you can actually see the pollen along with the other fantastic details and colors. :)

Hello Mike, excellent shot, perfect colors, forground and back ground, excllent details, Perfect details, very sharp, Great capture and PP TFS Kyle

Good evening Sir MIke,
Just time for a quick visit.
Birthday Drinks, dancing and hangovers to get through!!!
Thanks for posting, have a great end to the week.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-07-20 14:58]

what a beautiful shot, mike! :-)
amazing sharp and colorful composition with the pretty hoverfly
entangled in the wonderful purple stamen.
perfect job & take care, thorsten.

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2006-07-20 16:19]

Exellent Mike, a really great composition and dof, and a so nice color. TFS

Hi Mike,
Artfully executed and presented mf.
Lovely light and color, sharp detail..
Extremely easy on the eye ;)
Very well done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-20 17:54]

Fabulous capture, Mike.
Love the sharp details revealing the beautiful markings on the hoverfly, including the pollen on the flowers. Lovely composition and perfect exposure. TFS. : )

Alice in Wonderland! Interestic perspective and colors are to die for!

Hi Mike

Wow... this is as usual, top quality work. :-)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-21 2:23]

SUPERB ! This close-up is a great pleasure for my eyes. Sharpness and DOF are perfect. The colors are so beautiful. The composition is well done. Bravo Mike !

Excellent shot, Mike!Perfect background, very nice colours and good light.TFS
Best regards

Hello Mike,
this is an excellent macro! Excellent sparpness, great colours/lighting and great POV too. This is an excellent composition.
Thank you for posting.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-07-21 3:39]

Bonjour Mike, splendide tableau aux teintes pastel. Great composition and very good details. I like this framing. Very good job, best regards, Didier.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-21 6:14]

Hi Mike!
World is cruel for hoverflies :-) This one is real beauty - I like its big eyes and arty pattern on body. Good composition with flower.

Don't worry :-) I read today that every insect killed by human leaves about 20 millions living brothers :-)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-07-21 6:21]

Hi Mike,

This is a very nice shot. Good colors, nice and sharp details. DOF & POV are great. Too bad the distracting oof leaf attracts ones attention. Other than that; great. TFS!


Hi Mike,
the light and colours are lovely.
Well composed. good details and exposure.
Beautiful work.

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-07-21 11:21]

Hello Mike,
Beautiful, glasslike jewelry.
Very well done and TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-07-22 0:33]

Hi Mike.
I am delighted with this artistic and poetic picture, its clearness, transparency, details and composition. Superb done. TFS.

Hi Mike,
You capture the patterns on the hoverfly so well here!
The pleasant and non-intrusive background lets me enjoy the details of your subject...
Macro work well done, great natural colours!
Pablo -

It's an interesting looking hover, I haven't seen this one before. The detail is very good, and the lilac colours of the flower are very contrasting and enhance the photo. Shame about the blurred petal on the left, though.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2006-07-27 10:30]

My goodness, Mike -- this is an amazing capture! There is a heavenly delicacy to the subject and its stage. A perfect composition in all respects

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-07-27 12:45]

Wow, Mike, that's a winner! I really like the contrasting but subtle colors. The shapes are great too, especially those wiggly stamen compared to the smoth ovals of the leaves and fly parts. I like the way the pollen stands out, too.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-07-27 13:34]

marvelous shot Mike,
a very nice one, with fantastic colours and good details and a great pov, very nice image Mike, good job.
gr. jaap

Don't think I've seen any of our hoverflies with such a fat abdomen, only slim models here.
Good sharpness and details as usual, TFP Chris

Hello Mike,
what a beautiful hover you have here, it is really fashion with this patterns and shape, it suggests me some kind of indian design.
Nice exposed capture, and beautiful add ons ons offered by the flower.
Hope you follow well, best regards, Felipe.

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