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Conops flavipes


Conops flavipes
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 584 W: 64 N: 2237] (7529)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-29 4:48
Viewed: 3177
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lesser known backyard visitors:

The 11 mm long Thick-headed fly looks like a wasp (Diptera; Conopidae; Conops flavipes; Wespen-Dickkopffliege). But the curved abdomen, the two instead of four wings and the form of the antennae give the dipterans and the conopids away. The fly sits on a Valerian (Valeriana officinalis; Grosser Baldrian) growing in my unkempt yard.

ID: I found a good key for conopids, thanks Mark! (http://home.hccnet.nl/mp.van.veen/conopidae/conops.html)

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Hallo Dieter,
überaus präzise, tiefenscharfe, perfekt ausgeleuchtete Präsentation dieser täuschend wespenähnlichen Dickkopffliege, sehr unmittelbar und lebendig wirkend dank der seitlich frontalen Annäherung. Der nachtschwarze Hintergrund lässt bei Blitz und der für die Tiefenschärfe so klein gewählter Blende wohl nur dann vermeiden, wenn genügend nahe gelegene Hintergrundobjekte vorhanden.
Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüßen,
Peter

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2009-03-29 10:30]

Hello Dietrich!

Beautifull macro of less known fly. Whole insect is sharp and detailed, taken from good POV and well composed with white flowers. Yellow and black colours look nice.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-03-29 19:04]

Hola Dietrich.
Great Macro. fine details and what I like most is that the Fly Valerian in very sharp all the way from head to tail.
TFS My friend.
Luis52.

hi Dietrich

Looking deadly but a superb macro shot of the insect with good light control to show sharpness and good composition. Nice work.

tfs, bill

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-04-06 9:26]

Hi Dietrich.
Nice close-up of a cute hoverfly. As usual DOF is great and whole insect is in focus. I also like delicate lighting and perfect exposure of the white flowers as well as impressive POV and diagonal composition of the shot. My best wishes and TFS.
Alexei.

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