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Tabanus bromius

Tabanus bromius
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/25.0, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-27 10:13
Viewed: 2941
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Better known backyard denizens:
What better way to keep a bugger still for a picture than let it drink my blood! It's even a sure way to tell the females from the males, since only females (their eyes don't touch) need a bloodmeal. Of course it is the Band-eyed horsefly (Diptera; Tabanidae; Tabanus bromius; Bänderbremse) on my leg. There are about 10 species of Horseflies in Europe which can be told apart, this 16 mm long one having the purple streak in the eye.

Before you start hating horseflies look them into their eyes, and think of the hard time they have (smack!) to get enough calories and proteins for their young. The larvae live in humid ground, eating decaying matter and are in turn attacked by Hymenopteran parasites.

It's a handheld macro job with a dual flash and diffusers. 1/125 sec, f25.

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  • eev Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 33 N: 66] (756)
  • [2007-06-27 10:21]

Brave man, Its got to hurt, but anything for a good shot right? Nice detail and sharpness here. The colors are also spot on. Well done Dietrich.
Oh and did you smack it when you were done taking the picture?

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-27 10:32]

Well done Dietrich!
The nature photographers lot can be hard sometimes. Nice sharp capture of the head of this working female T. bromius. Some of these horseflies have incredible eyes. I hope you did not get too much irritation afterwards.
I was tempted to become a blood-donator to a specimen Haematopota pluvialis but I realised that I had the wrong lens at the time: she was too close.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

original !
good macro
well done

Hi Dietrich,
na das nenne ich wahren Einsatz für TN!
Sich stechenlassen von diesem Biest für ein Foto - brrrrrrr - ich renne davon sobald ich diese Biester heranbrummen höre.
Vielen Dank, sehr eindrucksvoll.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

selam dietrich; nice macro shot of this insect, very good details presented ,nice POV well captured with splendid colours TFS

Hola Dietrich,
Gran macro de extraordinaria nitidez, con mucho detalle en la cara, ojos y patas de la mosca, interesante la nota, TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

Hello Dietrich!
Wow, what a sacriface!!! When I look at this picture it hurts! ;>
I agree with you, the eyes of Tabanidae are fantastic, but the females of these species not! ;> Of course as a zoologist I understand meaning of these insects, but I still do not like them to meet in the field :)
So once again many thanks for this picture! You clearly showed that there is no price to pay which a photograph can pay for a good picture! ;>
Best greetings,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-28 6:30]

Hello Dietrich,
Beautiful close up.Details on eyes are amazing.Well caught and composed.

Hi Dietrich,
Excellent headshot, really like your POV and composition here..Nice sharp detail with perfect use of fill. Very good DOF..
Nice fleshtones too..all you need is some blood for that "special" effect ;}
Very well done.

it's hurting!
the eyes are beautifull indeed!
Great document

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