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Batesian mimetism

Batesian mimetism
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Copyright: Hernan Tolosa (saguzar) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1095 W: 72 N: 1394] (7202)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic DMC FZ50, Helios 58mm 1:2
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-06 17:43
Viewed: 5548
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Flower fly


I took this photo in my house garden . When seeing it of distant spot I thought about a bee, but observing differences in the flight, antennas, eyes and abdomen, realized that was a dípter (flowers fly , in this case). They used similarity with the bees to move away possible predators.
I used the lens Helios 58 mm in front of my camera.

In Biology, phenomenon that consists of which an organism looks itself like another one, with which does not keep relation, and obtains from it some functional advantage. The object of the mimicry is to deceive the senses of the animals, inducing in them a certain conduct. The known cases more affect the visual perception, but also there are examples of auditory, olfactory or tactile mimicry.

Biologist H. Bates observed that sometimes an inoffensive species was resembled another dangerous or repugnant one and that with this was able to elude the action of the predators. Batesian mimicry is called this phenomenon. He is the one that we observed, for example, in the case of the flies (of the families Syrphidae and Bombilidae) whose aspect emulates the one of bees and wasps.

More data in: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimetismo

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Muy interesante, tanto la imagen como la palabra.Buen trabajo.
Saludos, JL.

Bonjour Hernan
La prise enmacro est tres belle avec une jolie composition,L'image pourait êtreun peu plus nette, les couleurs sont superbes.
bravo et merci du partage...JP

Hi Hernan,
Great closeup framing and details seen in this head shot. I like the POV, DOF, and crossed front legs I see.
Perhaps a tiny bit more contrast and saturation would improve it.
Well done & TFS!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-07 14:39]

Bien sabemos lo difícil que es retratar a estas moscas de las flores de tan cerca y como aquí con excelente nitidez Hernan.
Una imagen que muestra muchos detalles del insecto con un POV muy interesante, que brinda muy buena luz sobre la cabeza, sin producir grandes reflejos.
Saludos... Ricardo

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2006-09-07 22:34]

Ciao Hernán: Otra espectacular captura en jardín compartido. Más que profe de Biología pareces domesticador de insector y animalejos, aunque no quieras tocar a las ranas. Ja! Muy buena tu foto. Felicitaciones.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-09-09 15:48]

Very good macro Hernan ! Great details and very good exposure. Great note too. Thanks !


Wonderful close up shot.
Very sharp details and a gret POV.
Very well done.
Thanks for sharing.
My best regards,


Great macro with a nice tight crop. Thanks for sharing this interesting bee!


Un retrato nitido del diptero se ve claramente la trompa succsolamedora, las antenas en la frente cercanas, las cerdas entre los ojos que son elementos de la taxonomia de la familia, complementada por una nota muy ilustrativa desde lo biologico!!!

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