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Hemipenthes maura

Hemipenthes maura
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Copyright: Jesus Linares (jlinaresp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1303 W: 56 N: 4023] (17292)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX 110 IS
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-12-07 13:11
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Points: 46
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Black Fly (ID)

08.12.2010(2) ->Heavens! ... I had not noticed, Siegfried even placed the species! Hemipenthes maura... THAKS Siegfried friend! ...

08.12.2010(1) -> Thanks to Chris (sandpiper2), George (mwmod99) and Siegfried (siggi) by noting that it is a "bee fly" (Bombyliidae family), with this information I could reach at least the genus of this insect! (Hemiphenthes)

Not everything here is beautiful butterflies! ... Sometimes, if I sharp the view, I find really ugly bugs! This fly is a good example of this!

They fly very fast and (in my opinion) really have a very aerodynamic design! ... Almost a jet fighter! They live on the roadside, usually in areas where there are cattle.

Seems to me a bit like Lord Darth Vader of Star Wars! ... ha ... ha ... ha ... "The fly from the dark side"... ha ... ha ... ha ... :)

Hope you like it, the photo is retouched mainly on the head of the fly, where I had to sharpen it enough because it was quite blurry. I hope at least the shot can be useful to see well these fabulous wings finished in a tissue almost golden.

The photo was taken with my Canon compact, this little camera is really a useful tool for many who like me, love to take pictures of insects.

F/3.2, ISO 200 and only 1.5X of Zoom, enough to make a quick and relatively decent macro, just before this fly swiftly fly away!

Thanks by stop and visit!


Phylum: Arthropoda - Arthropods
Class:Insecta - Insects
Order: Diptera - Flies
No Taxon: "Orthorrhapha" (Brachycera excluding Aschiza and Schizophora)
Superfamily Asiloidea
Family: Bombyliidae - Bee Flies
Subfamily: Anthracinae
Tribe: Villini
Genus: Hemipenthes
Species: maura

Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time: 1/318
F-Stop: f/3.2
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 9100/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2010-12-05 11:18
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Flash: Flash did not fire
File Size: 250 kb

Luis52, jaycee, CeltickRanger, rousettus, jusninasirun, joska, siggi, marius-secan, flashpoint has marked this note useful
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To sandpiper2: RE: Chris,jlinaresp 1 12-08 05:53
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nice portrait, TFS Ori

Ciao caro amico Jesus,
eccellenti macro , perfetta , ottimo POV e anche straordinaria nitidezza.
complimenti e grazie per la condivisione.
Ciao Vanni

Ciao Jesus. Altra sconosciuta per me ma vedrai che il nome arriverà presto. Dettaglio e nitidezza al top con luce magnifica.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-12-07 14:54]

Hola Jesus.
Bella foto, exelente encuadre, gran nitidez.
Foto muy limpia y agradable a la vista, llena de hermosos detalles en todo el insecto.
Saludos Jesus

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-12-07 14:55]

Hi Jesus,

This fly isn't ugly and the picture is beautiful. Colors, details and textures are marvelous. I love the furry body, the attractive wings and the eyes which look like large sunglasses. The pose and composition are wonderful.


hello Jesús

excellent macro shot of this Black Fly
shot with a fine POV, to show great details
of this insect, superbly focused, TFS


Hola Jesús
I have seen this fly's relatives in many times. But I dont know about their species. They are very beautiful objects for macro photography. I have also tried for several times.
you nicely captured it with great sharpness of focus and from great POV/DOF. exposure, light using and composition also great. thanks for sharing. best wishes

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-07 15:44]

Non chiedermi il nome perche' proprio non lo so...ehehe...ma sono rimasto stupefatto dalle ali,che ricami verdi e rosa favolosi e che dettagli straordinari! Bellissima macro con un punto di scatto da sopra davvero orginale.Buona giornata,Luciano (io vengo a Curacao dal 16 al 24 gennaio,spero di trovare qualche bella farfalla!)

Hello Jesús,
Sorry that I can't help with the ID but this macro is exceptional.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-12-07 22:12]

Hello Jesus
Wonderful and interesting specie excellent presented as usual
thanks for sharing

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-12-07 22:48]

Hi Jesus,
Excellent photo, very useful presentation, TFS!

hello Jesus
This is a very good macroshot with great details and super sharpness
very nice pose with a good BG to see this fly very good
greeting lou

Ciao Jesus, ovviamente non so come si chiama la tua fantastica mosca nera, ma un po' al Lord di Guerre Stellari ci somiglia, magnifico il ricamo della parte luminosa delle ali, altra splendida macro, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hi Jesus

ha ha, I like the conection with Darth Vader and I am sure he would love this fly.
I'm prety sure it is a bee fly from the Family Bombyliidae, but no idea on the genus.
Excellent composition and sharpness


Hi Jesus
Beautiful macro with good composition and great sharpness.
Regards, Christodoulos.

Probably related to the Exoprosopa or the Familly Bombyliidae ( Bee flies ) however, I do not wanna create some controversies again. Maybe some other specialists can come forward with a suggestion. Now, ... what an image! Bravo Jesus, you did manage to create a miracle once again with this little Canon. Impressive close up with astonishing detail. The black colors are superb. Fine white balance. The dark silhouette of the insect is even more impressive from that one of the Lord Darth Vader's stature! Great sharpness and simple composition. Bravo again!
George Veltchev

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-08 4:21]
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Hello Jesus.
It is Hemipenthes maura (Bombyliidae).
Excellent picture of this strange looking Hemipenthes maura. The sharpness and contrast against the wet yellow flower is excellent.Congratulations and TFS this beauty!Best regards Siggi

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-08 6:58]

Interesting and beautiful species of fly, good viewpoint to show the wings and its reflections. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-08 7:22]

Hello Jesús,
Amazing sharp detailed photo of this beefly. The colours are also very beautiful. Great DOF, OOF BG and a good composition.

Hello Jesus,
What a splendid macro. Wonderful colours, details and POV.
Marvellous details and very good clarity.
Perfect exposure and superb composition.

Hi Jeseus,
Very well composed and sharp photo, well done!
Best wishes,

Hola Jesus

Impactante imagen de este insecto de colores oscuros y bellos. Una imagen con muy buena nitidez, contrastes con ese fondo verde fantasticos. Muy original la forma de sus alas y lo grande que son debe volar muy rápida esta super mosca.

Un saludo de Antonio

Bello ejemplar que desconocía. Por aquí vuelan algunos similares, poco conocidos
por cierto. Interesante disposición y original "soporte" lateral en foema de ramita.
Bellos colores y texturas bien captadas.
Un abrazo Jesús: J. Ignasi.

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