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Bee- Flies.

Bee- Flies.
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Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-24 9:45
Viewed: 3194
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bombylius is a large genus of flies belonging to the family Bombyliidae, known as the bee-flies, due to their striking resemblance to bees and bumblebees, and are distributed through environments world-wide. One species of the genus, B. major, is widely distributed throughout the whole northern hemisphere and in North Africa, and is very well known.

All species in the genus share a similarity with the unrelated bees and bumblebees, which they mimic, possessing a thick coat of fur, with a colour ranging from yellow to orange. They can, however, be told apart from their models by the long and stiff proboscis they possess, used for probing for nectar as they fly (much like a hummingbird), by their rapid and darting flight, and by the peculiar structure of their legs. As larvae, they are parasitic and infest the nests of solitary bees, consuming their food stores and grubs.


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Great shot, and a wonderful POV. DOV is great with wonderful exposure and warm color. TFS


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-24 9:55]

Hello Luis!
Superb macro. Very good colors, sharpness and interesting note. Well done.
Best regards Siggi

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-10-24 10:06]

Hola Luis, un excelente macro, mucha calidadtecnica, una bonita composiciˇn, nitida, con una luz adecuada y tonos de color muy bonitos. Un saludo

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-24 10:07]

hola Luis! It's been a very long time since I stopped in your gallery! And this picture is so beautiful, I love it. The yellow flower adds weight to a rather very light picture of the bombylius, with its tiny legs, it is very aerial. BEautiful and saludos!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-24 10:15]

Hi Luis,a very impressive macro,i know how isn't easy to take so perfecty this terribles bombus always in mouvement! Great details and sharpness and fantastics colors,thanks for share,have a nice weekend,Luciano

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-10-24 10:19]

Hello Luis,

Very good capture of this fly. Excellent POV and focus. Excellent composition and sunny colours.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-24 10:37]

Hi Luis. This is a good close up of the insect with the long legs. You have captured such fine detai land bright colours on the yellow flower. with a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

Have a good weekend.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-24 12:00]

Hello Luis,
Wonderful photo with a superb timing. Fantastic sharp details and clear colours. Great POV and composition. Very beautiful OOF BG.
Have a great weekend,

Ciao Luis,
spettacolare cattura di questo bombus, eccellenti POV e DOF, bellissima composizione con uno stupendo OOF BG dalle tonalitÓ calde, straordinaria definizione dei dettagli, perfetta esposizione con splendidi colori.

Hola Luis,

Beautiful shot of this Bee-fly wich i have never seen before
Lovely compo with great colors

TFS Thijs

Almost a familiar looking bumblebee, but sans a pair of wings Luis, your sharply delineated close up looks spectacular against that finely OOF BG amigo,
TFS and cheers,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-10-24 13:42]

Hello Luis,
Very well composed, and the details, sharpness and lighting are excellent. TFS

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-10-24 15:05]

Hola amigo,
Focus, sharpness, details, colors, contrast and lighting look great. Very good composition too. Gracias y saludos,

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-10-24 15:35]

Hello Luis
How nice to see you back again:)
Quite a classically sharp and finely focussed image that is very mcuh your signature style....Superb lighting and fantastic PoV that has been able to give you a fine DoF...The Bg looks so warm and wonderful with rich diffused colour of the flowers filling the frame..Very impressive composition...

Thanks a lot for sharing
P.S:How have you been?

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-24 15:40]

Hola Long Lost Primo,

Now I wonder how many times I confused these flies with bees! I love the long straight legs, the transparent wings, the huge eye, and the fuzzy textures. With the pretty flower the picture is beautiful. Wonderful colors, details and a nice composition.


Ola Luis,
This is an elegant insect and composition. I love its long legs :) Tones of colors are agreeable and exposure is natural. Well seen!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-24 19:34]

Hi Luis

Excellent work my friend - fantastic detail from a very good pov. Well seen and captured.


Hello Luis

A terrific capture of this bee fly.
The POV is excellent ,and shows the detail very well.
Wonderful lighting and warm colours as well.
The OOF BG is super.
Excellent DOF ,the subject stands out well.


hello Luis

a superb macro shot of this insect on the beautiful flower,
with fine POV and framing, excellent sharpness and details,
great luminosity of the image, TFS


Wonderful close-up of this delicate moment. Great colors. Love that joyous yellow. Fantastic detail and perfect depthof field.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-25 14:17]

Great shot Luis!
The POV is superb.
Very nice colours and light.
Great DOF and BG.
Sharp and crisp.

Well done,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-10-25 15:26]

Hi Luis
Excellent macro work.Nice colours with good detail and nice background.
Regards Jiri.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-10-26 9:02]

merhaba luis
well close-up capture
i like composition, POV, colours and sharpness

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-26 21:54]

Hello Luis,
Magnificent work my friend, with vivid colors and beautiful composition in this razor sharp image, thank you Luis.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-28 9:06]

Hi Luis.
Bravo. Perfect shot of the fly which was a kind model for me this summer. Pictured scene is sweet. Flower is wonderful and of course image of the insect is outstanding. BG is amazing. Its colourfulness is fine. My greetings and TFS.

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