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Copyright: Andy Brook (AndyB) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flies - Moscas - Mouches, Hoverflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-04 10:57
Viewed: 4312
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Marmalade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) entering a Gladiolus flower in the garden.There were many of these going in and out so I just sat and waited for one to hover inside the flower.
There are 270 species of Hoverfly in the United Kingdom,the Marmalade Hoverfly is the most common.
Its numbers are boosted by migrants arriving from the continent,sometimes in dense swarms.
Infact they made the news last month when a swarm of millions arrived on the coast of Essex,carried there by warm thermals from the continent.
They caused havoc on beaches and seafronts where children and families had mistaken there black and yellow colouring for wasps.
Children were screaming,people were covering up prams and pushchairs.People who stood still for a moment were covered in them.
The Hoverfly is totally harmless and has no sting,its colours are designed to deter predators and fool most humans too!
Its a very important pollinator of flowers and its larvae eat aphids.

photo cropped and sharpened USM

RAP, ellis49, PDP, carper, japie, gerhardt, jhm, extramundi, nwoehnl, danbachmann, Jax, Luc, Liz has marked this note useful
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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-04 11:07]

Llegó la prima de mi hoverfly!!! jajajaja.
Excelente imagen en movimiento Andy... y con sólo 1/200.
Buena perspectiva,nitidez y colorido.

There came the cousin of my hoverfly!!! Jajajaja.
Excellent image in movement Andy ... and with only 1/200.
Good perspective, brightness and color.

Beautiful coloring by the flower as a second level to emphase the tiny target in action. Good shot.

Great macro Andy.
Good colours and good details.
Good note.
Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-04 13:01]

Excellent capture Andy, lovely inflight freeze. Nice composition and colours. I find the thought of the lovely people of essex being plagued by hte most common hoverfly quite amusing!

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  • letr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 50 N: 47] (130)
  • [2004-09-04 14:03]

Fasten you seatbells, prepare for landing !!Good shot Andy with excellent compo and colors !!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-09-04 14:29]

great capture you did hery Andy,
I like the timing you did here, the timing and the good composition, lovely shot. great job

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-04 15:38]

I would probably have made the same mistake is the people that saw the swarm and then go out to buy a lottery ticket because I was luck enough to not to get stung! This is a very clear capture with excellent DOF and detail

Andy, the flowers fits the frame well and give a pleasing background to the hoverfly. Your details are sharp and this is a great catch you made. Thanx for sharing.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-09-05 3:20]

I like of this extraordinarily colours Andy, also soft, almost a water painting, nice note too.

The level of this site is becoming very high indeed with photos like this, thanks for sharing.

Hanging like a helicopter, wonderful captured, I think you waited long for this...but it's a great one, Andy !

Very nice and colorful catch, Andy, of the hoverfly busy, ehm, hovering. The motion blur in the wings is just about right to suggest movement and at the same time still render some detail. The blossom makes a wonderful background. Well done.

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  • Jeppe Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 33] (193)
  • [2004-09-05 15:32]

Great pose you that hoverfly in - I like the fine rich details of the flower and the fly - thanks for sharing Andy.

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  • Jax Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
  • [2004-09-09 12:45]

Great shot Andy catching he movement just right.

This is extremely good with the speed of 200. I like the way to managed to capture the hoverfly just as it was entering the flower. Very well done, Andy.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-29 10:15]

Andy, you captured a very nice moment here.

Great pov and composition. Sharpness is great too.

hello:) beaytu flower I like coulors here and also I like this little nice Marmalade Hoverfly :) nice shot:)



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