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Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-24 22:49
Viewed: 4731
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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 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. Adult syrphid flies are important pollinators.

About 6,000 species in 200 genera have been described

Hoverflies and gardening

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.

Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Diptera

Superfamily: Syrphoidea

Family: Syrphidae

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-25 2:35]

Hello Pankaj,
Beautiful close up.Sharpness,clear details and framing are excellent.

Hello Pankaj,
A well composed image with great details in insect and flower!
Seems like the petals have spots from rain, sharpness in the hoverfly is excellent...
Good colours & details all over!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-25 3:53]

Pankaj, Wonderfully presented. The fly is just enjoying its time. TFS Ganesh

Hi pankaj,
beautiful composition,sharp image,good colour and dof.

Hi Pankaj,
A beautiful POV and composition of this hoverfly. Nicely times. Well focused too. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-06-25 6:39]

Excellente photo,bravo pour l'exposition et la netteté. Merci Pankaj.

Hi Pankaj,
Beauty!!! Its all about compositon here. The fly is in perfect focus reaveling all details on its abdomen.........i like the mud spots on the flower and i can imagine the raing in that part of India.....eventhough the floer is muddy it looks so beautiful in this composition...TFS


Hello Pankaj,
Perfect picture, great exposure nice colors
very sharp, the white flower give the right
BG for the insect, well composed, TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

I can see you are one of the few who can mix a blend of an almost scientific shot and yet a pleasure for those with art eyes to see as well. It is a gifted talent you have and I feel blessed to be able to see it.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-25 19:26]

Hello Pankaj

A beautiful clear image of this hoverfly.The colours and details are very good.I really like his stripes.Well composed with a beautiful flower.Well focused with excellent lighting.Nicely done.TFS


These fellows can sting too.
Great macro.
Love your notes, done with meticulas care.
Very sharp, showing a lot of detail.
Greetings from your "jathwalla",

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-26 11:20]

Hello Pankaj,
Nice shot of a hoverfly set in a great composition with the flower petals. Interesting POV and excellent sharpness.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

I have had a good rapport with hoverflies here in Riyadh, Pankaj, so I have a great deal of respect for them now :-).
This is a good specimen with prominent minic lines of a flesh fly on the thorax.
Very good point of view from behind.
Nice sharp details and natural colours -- especially those blotches of dusty rain (or was it your sprinkler?) on the white flower.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-06-26 22:53]

Hello Pankaj,
Spot on focus and exposure gives us this magnificient macro image, thanks for sharing.

Hola Pankaj,
Una imagen muy bonita con gran definición y detalle, agradable luminosidad y composición, Saludos
José Ramón

Hi Pankaj, wonderful sirphidae with great light and colors, I like splendid details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-27 8:54]

Hi Pankaj.
Beautiful composition with nice pose of this insect on interesting white blossom.Colors and details are wonderful.I like also very nice unusual POV.Very well done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Hello Pankaj,
Focus and exposure are perfect. The image is crisp clear and colors are vivid. Also great pov and composition. Very well done.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-07-02 4:47]

Hi Pankaj.
Your shot is simply fantastic by refined reflection of all amazing details of the petals and fly. Superb quality of the shot and wonderful pictured scene. Light and exposure are perfect. My congratulations and kind regards.

Ha! Like a shot from my yard! It looks likke the hoverfly is on a white daisy! Great one! I have been hunting for the hubter that hunts these flies! [ The grabspiders! ]

Very sharp macro with nice detail such as the dirt on the white petals after the rain evaporated! Tfs, Jay

Hola Pankaj.
Unos detalles finamente captados.
Perfecta escena, bien centrada y con estupendos colores.
Un saludo y gracias por compartir, JL.

Hi Pankaj,
This is an excellent macro. Very well composed and framed. Excellent exposure has all the detail in the whites looking great. Nice sharp detail!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-06 5:32]

Hi Pankaj,
Focus, sharpness and details are very good. I liked the composition and exposure control. TFS
Best wishes,

good placement of the subject in the picture. The colors and exposure are spot on!!

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2007-07-06 19:09]

Hello Pankaj,
Great hoverfly on daisy close-up.
I like your frame,details,sharpness and dof.TFS

bonjour pankaj
avec ce pov de l'arriere on a bien le detail des anneaux de l'abdomen.
la netteté est bien sur tres bonne,l'exposition est egalement bien maitrisée ce qui n'est pas evident avec les fleur blanche.

Excellent DOF and sharpness/detail Pankaj.
Nicely exposed with very good color as well..Those dirty little mud spots gotta go though :)
Well done.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-07-07 11:14]

Hi Pankaj

Lovely composition here, nicely sharp and with attractive natural colours. Nicely done



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