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Systoechus sulphureus

Systoechus sulphureus
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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: 2008-05-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-21 6:16
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Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lesser known backyard visitors

Right now it's 13°C outside, time to check for a slowdown in insect activities! This Bee-fly male of 10 mm length (Diptera; Bombyliidae; Systoechus sulphureus = S. ctenopterus = S. ctenophorus (Mikan, 1791)) has just hatched from the ground. It is now waiting on the Aquilegia vulgaris flower growing wild in my yard for warmer weather. Once airborne it will be a photographers headache!

ID: www.diptera.info/forum/ and particularely http://home.hccnet.nl/mp.van.veen/bombyliidae/index.html help a lot. That the Bee-fly is not the early flying Bombylius often presented on TN is evident: the wings are uniformly brown, there are no dark patches and the venation is different. The males of all Bomyliids have eyes that meet on top of the head.

Technical stuff: to increase sharpness I tried an aperture of f/16, not my usual f/22. For compensation I dimmed the dual flash instead.

Miss_Piggy, ramthakur, MMM, nglen, marhowie, SelenE, anel, peter_stoeckl, Alex99, mariki, uleko has marked this note useful
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Hallo Dietrich
Time is little, but I cannot pass without leaving my comment and appreciation for this beautiful photograph. Wow this is really a great image. Amazing colours and very pleasant light. Marvellously darkened background, which emphasize this insects beautiful details. One again a beautiful photo from your lens. A well presented close-up, which will be added to my personal theme "My purple obsession".Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Brilliant capture of this fly I have seen for the first time, Dietrich.
Your very sharp image clearly demonstrates the features of this insect given in your note.
Along with the flower, it makes a wonderful composition.
TFS and regards.

Magnifique spécimen. Bravo.
Bonne journée.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-05-21 7:16]

Hi Dietrich
Excellent closed up image.Very sharp image with excellent detail.Colors and light are excellent.
TFS Michel

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-21 8:11]

Hi Dietrich,
Excellent macro work.Well caught and composed.Clear details,POV,exposure and colors are also perfect.
Thanks for posting.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-21 11:56]

Hello Dietrich. This is a very fine macro shot ofthe fly on the beautiful looking flower. You sharp focusing has given fine detail.with natural looking colours. A nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-05-21 12:58]

Bonjour Dietrich
Excellente macro, beau sujet, netteté et couleurs, Félicitations.
Amicalement Robi

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-21 23:48]

Hi Dietrich,
Great macro! Details, focus, sharpness, colors and POV are very good. Well done and TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-05-22 1:53]

Lieber Dieter,
Farblich sehr eindrückliches Bild, Dieter. Und von einer Schärfe, die nur wenigen gelingt. Interessant zu lesen, dass es sich hier nicht um die gleichen Wollschweber handelt, die wir im früheren Frühling gesehen haben. In Bürchen sehen die Wollschweber dieser,auf einer Akalei ruhenden, Spezies ähnlicher. Wünsche Dir noch einen schönen Tag und bonne chasse..

Guten Tag, Dieter,
Wollschweber auf Akelei - ein zauberhaftes Bild in ganz ungewöhnlicher Kombination.
Das wollige Insekt äußerst präzise in feinsten Details wiedergegeben. Danke für den Hinweis auf das Panorama-Augenpaar!
Die Blütenknospe elegant placiert.
Ein sehr gelungener Fang - überlegter Glücksgriff in kühlen Stunden. Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüßen,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-22 22:23]

Hi Dietrich.
We have met this species often in our place (I think) but I cannot take so amazing pictures. Simply great representation of the beauty on the fine flower. Subject, quality of the image are excellent at high range (as always for your works). I am impressed with DOF and details. Bravo.

Hello Dietrich,

Excellent picture of this bee-fly. Beautiful composition. Great sharpness. Splendid colours.

Hi Dietrich, great composition with beautiful bee and splendid flower with good colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Dietrich,
You've definitely benefited from the cool-down, crisp details..
A sudden drop is a rare occurence here at this time of year.
F/16 has shown us the entire insect along with some of the flowers detail, excellent. Colors, use of flash, POV, BG, and comp R all very good.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-24 19:03]

Hello Dietrich

A very interesting looking fly,I don't recall seeing this bee-fly bee-for.
The texture of it's fur jacket is excellent,and the focus is spot on with very good DOF.
Lovely lighting and colours.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-25 8:17]

Hello Dietrich,
Superb capture of this little Bee-fly that I've only seen darting around and impossible to photograph! You've caught it very nicely on the blue Aquilegia and I must add it to my favourites too!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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