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Chrysophilus erythrophthalmus

Chrysophilus erythrophthalmus
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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
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-20 11:53
Viewed: 3277
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sorry, friends on TN, I could'nt be with you for a while. I will try to amend in the future

Little known backyard inhabitants:

This elegant Red eyed snipe fly (Diptera; Rhagionidae; Chrysophilus erythrophthalmus; Rotaugen-Schnepfenfliege) is tiny, 6 mm long. That doesn't keep it from being a predator on insects even smaller than itself.

ID: The iridescent wings, the blown-up third antennal segment, the golden scales give the genus away. There is a Chrysophilus key on the net (http://home.hccnet.nl/mp.van.veen/KEYS/Rhagionidae/Chrysopilus.html). But there are many similar species around, so maybe I got it wrong.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-02-20 12:02]

Woow Dietrich,this is a fantastic macro!! I know how are littles this insects,impressives details and colors,the eyes are wonderfuls!! My best best compliments,have a nice weekend,Luciano

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-02-20 12:17]

Hallo Dieter!

Ich bin froh, über TN von Dir zu "hören". Ein gutes Zeichen, dass es Dir wohl gut geht.

Ich finde es so schön, dass Du eine Fliege als elegant bezeichnest. Das ist ein feines Zeugnis einer Person, die die Natur liebt und respektiert. Dies geht generell auch aus Deinen Bildern hervor. Sie unterstreichen, wie hier, die gelegentlich schlichte, dann wiederum komplexe Schönheit dieser kleinen und feinen Kreaturen.

As Grüessli


wonderful composition with perfect sharp and very fine details , wonderful colours and nice perspective ,
well done !
have a great weekend !

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-02-20 23:57]

Hello Dietrich,

You have made an interesting macro of this fly. Head and torax of the insect are shown with great sharpness making visible even the fines details. Colors are well rendered being natural. As you have used well the DOF image has a good depth.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-02-21 0:51]

merhaba Dietrich
well close up capture of this fly
i like pose, POV, DOF and details

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-02-21 6:50]

Hi Dietrich,

A great macro with good sharpness and dof,the straw in the BG is a bit distracting,but its a minor item,thanks for sharing,


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-02-21 7:55]

Lieber Dieter,
Etwas Spitziges hat sie diese Rotaugen-Schnepfenfliege! Ein so scharfes Bild für winzige Kreatur, das kannst ja nur du.
Hoff, dass es Dir gut geht und schicke liebe Grüsse nach Marly

Hello Dietrich,

A fine shot of this little beast, sharp and highly detailed, nice composition too.

Have a pleasant weekend,

Dietrich good morning
exceptional macro photo,
as you say also in your intro, subjects they are found everywhere around us, simply it should be perceive them,
the beauty of fly is incredible
best regards

Hello Dietrich.

Excellent macro, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

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