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Conops quadrifasciatus

Conops quadrifasciatus
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Copyright: Roma Januchowska (romuszka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 233 W: 9 N: 352] (2263)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D EOS, Tamron SP AF90mm F/2.8 DI MACRO 1:1
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-22 14:38
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Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Polish]
/Conops quadrifasciatus/
Conopidae, usually known as the thick-headed flies, is a family of flies within the Brachycera suborder of Diptera. The majority of conopids are black and yellow, or black and white, and often strikingly resemble wasps, bees, or flies of the family Syrphidae, themselves notable bee mimics. Conopids are most frequently found at flowers, feeding on nectar with their proboscis, which is often long.

The larvae of all conopids are internal parasites, most of aculeate (stinging) Hymenoptera.

I thank Argusowi for identification.

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  • Great 
  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-08-22 14:51]

Hello Roma, well done on that macro. Well composed, well exposed and it is pin sharp. Great blurred background. Very nice work.


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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-08-22 15:03]

Hi Roma! great composition
good colors and great macto. TFS. Carme.

I believe the fly belongs to the Conopidae family. Nice shot!

Ick! I'm allergic to these little beasts, but this is a wonderful capture. Nice contrast, excellent detail, and composition. Very nicely done.

Nice sharp image well composed. It's good having the other flower behind just starting to bloom. Good focus and DOF. Well done.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-23 7:00]
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Hello Roma,
This is a fine capture of the fly Conops quadrifasciatus (Conopidae), a species of fly that parasitises bees and wasps.
Nice and sharp and well composed on the thistle flower with a fine neutral BG.
Well done and TFS!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-23 8:56]

Hi Roma. This is an excellent macro shot of the insect. very good detail and colours. with sharp focusing. with a nice POV/DOF. well done TFs.

salut roma
a wasp super good tallied on this flower, an instructive note trés well done

Magnifique macro avec beaucoup de netteté et de détails.

bonjour roma
c'est du plein format que vous avez publié,je pense malgre cela que vous auriez pu recadrer un peu pour garder l'insecte sur sa fleur et en eliminant un peu du BG vert.cela n'engage que moi!

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