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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hoverflies (Syrphidae) of Belgium [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-28 12:11
Viewed: 3412
Points: 28
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A male of Sphaerophoria scripta on a Ragwort flower (Senecio jacobaea).
Males and females of this species of hoverflies are very different. Male has a long and slim abdomen, ending suddenly without tipped end. It is easy to identify. But the female is hard to distinguish from others hoverflies. It is a small hoverfly: male is about 10mm long, female 8mm. The markings, yellow stripes on a black backgroud, are typical of hoverflies.
The commun name in French is "syrphe porte-plume", wich means penholder. This name seems to refer to the marks of the male's body. But the form and the way how it stand on the flower make me think to a penholder. If I could get one so pretty!
Le syrphe porte-plume (Sphaerophoria scripta) ou sphaerophore notée est un diptère de la famille des syrphidae. C’est un petit syrphe d’environ 10 mm de long.
Mâle et femelle sont fort différents. Le mâle a un corps très fin et allongé. La femelle est plus difficile à distinguer car elle est l’allure typique des autres espèces de syrphes, avec un corps plus large. C’est une espèce migratrice.
Le nom de porte-plume se réfère au motif sur le corps du mâle apparemment. Mais sa forme et la façon dont il se tient souvent sur les fleurs font bien penser à un porte-plume. Si je pouvais en avoir un de si joli!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-28 12:17]

Hi Catherine. This is a very fine close up of the Hover fly , which you have captured with fine detail and sharp focusing. Rich colours but still very natural and good use of the light. well done TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-28 12:23]
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Hello Catherine,
Nice one of S. scripta on Ragwort. You caught the 'tail-up' pose sharply and well from a fine POV as it digs into the flower.
We heard on the Swedish news that Ragwort is now invading Sweden and horse owners have been warned that it is very poisonous!
TFS this beauty,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-07-28 14:00]

Bonjour Catherine
Jolie composition.Bon PDV et jolie couleurs.Image nette avec de jolie détail.J'adore l'arriere plan.Excellent texte
Merci Michel

Hi Catherine,

lovely picture- great colours and details, very good composition, beautiful insect and flowers. Great work


Hello Cahterine. Excellent shot of this hoverfly digging on the stamen. The vivid sharp detail of the shot is a reflection of how you have handled the camera well. I like the warm color with pleasing shallow depth in muting the background rather well. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-07-28 20:24]

Hi Catherine,

Your photo has a wonderfull light! I am impressed by the richness of color tones from your photo. Image sharpness is very good so that even tiny details, like that drop of water from the petal, can be seen. Insect can be seen clearly as you have a very well addapted DOF.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-29 1:29]

Hello Catherine!

Very sunny and very yellow! I like mood of this picture. Hoverfly looks nice, sharp and detailed, in interesting pose. Nice frame, too.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-07-29 1:40]

hi catherine,
what a canvas! overflowing with colors and shapes. the fly is busy deep in to the flower, your sense of timing is superb. tfs.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-07-29 5:04]

Bonjour Catherine,
Les syrphes sont des insectes bien intéressants et photogéniques! Tu nous proposes ici un joli petit tableau ensoleillé, bien composé et aux couleurs estivales. Il est vrai que sur cette image le petit syrphe rappelle un porte-plume, cela nous ramène à notre enfance..
Un grand merci

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-07-29 8:17]

Merhaba Catherine,
Muhteşem görünümlü sarı çiçeklerin üzerinde tüm detaylarıyla sergilenmiş sarı siyah renkli böceğin enfes bir karesi bu. Çok hoş bir kompoziston. Eline sağlık.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-07-29 9:09]

Salut Catherine,une photo parfaite,tu as trouve' beaucoup de petits amis dans ces fleurs jaunes! Peut etre la meilleure celle ci,des details tres tres haut et des couleurs magnifiques,mes compliments encore une fois,Luciano

Ciao Catherine, great macro with beautiful hoverfly and fantastic flowers, good details, splendid colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Catherine

Great shot of this male hoverfly on the ragwort. You know I didn't know there was such differences in the sexes, I'll have to have a closer look at our hoverflies when summer comes around.

Great composition
Great sharpness
Good DOF and POV
Good backround.


Bonsoir Catherine,

Superbe composition de ce syrphe sur ces marguerites jaunes. Excellents point de vue et profondeur de champ. Bonne netteté. Très belle luminosité et splendides couleurs.
Bonne soirée,

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