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Eristalis tenax

Eristalis tenax
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Copyright: Lukasz Warcholinski (Kaszek) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 50mm f1.8 MkII, RAW ISO 400, Kenko ext. tubes 12+20+36mm
Exposure: f/16, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-12 0:53
Viewed: 3835
Points: 16
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Eristalis tenax
Order: Diptera
Family: Syrphidae.
Description : Eristalis tenax is one of the larger hoverflies (family Syrphidae). Hoverflies are classic Batesian mimics, harmless but closely resembling bees or wasps (order Hymenoptera), and Eristalis is one that closely resembles the Honey Bee, Apis mellifera, not only in appearance but also in behaviour as it visits flowers. However, as a true fly it has just a single pair of wings, the hind wings having been modified into the tiny, drumstick-like halteres, which provide balance in flight. The males commonly hover in woodland clearings, aggressively defending small territories.
The larva of Eristalis and related genera is the "rat-tailed maggot" so called because it has a long, rear, tail-like, extendable breathing-tube, enabling it to live submerged in organically polluted, deoxygenated aquatic sediments.

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To horia: KenkoKaszek 2 08-12 15:25
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Hi, Lukasz,

wow, an attractive and stunning face-to-face encounter with this hoverfly. great details and colours. thanks for sharing.

Man Yee

Photo a bit blur in places but still a very good picture. Well done

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-08-12 10:38]


Muche znam, ale w takim zblizeniu to jej jeszcze nigdy w zyciu nie widzialem. Rewelacja! Wszystko co trzeba jest ostre, a do tego podobaja mi sie zolto-czarne kolory. Super.

Excellent macro Lukasz, with amazing details. TFS,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-08-12 13:16]
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Hi Lukasz

You really make wonders with your Kenko extension tubes! After seeing some of your photos, i am seriously considering in buying some :)

This is a new definition to "macro"! The close-up level is simply stunning and the details you managed to retain here are fantastic! How close to the subject were you here really?
Ayway, the DOF is superb and keeps so much in good focus. Also, the full-frontal POV is terrific and it surely adds some drama to the photo, too.

Bravo and TFS

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-08-12 23:25]

Hi Lukasz,

A nice frontal macro,details ,colors and sharpness are very well handled,just applied the correct amount of fillflash,tfs


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-13 5:32]

Hello Lukasz, WOW what a shot and very good closeup shot. Excellent macro work and great colors. Well done and TFS Ganesh

Wooow ale zbliżenie :) Fantastyczna jakość zdjęcia! Bardzo mi się podoba :)
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