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Volucella pellucens

Volucella pellucens
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Copyright: Szabo Jozsef (joska) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Purple Obsession 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-08-03 6:29
Viewed: 2511
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Volucella pellucens is a hover-fly. It occurs in much of Europe, and across Asia to Japan.

It is about 15-16 mm in length with a broad body. It is mainly black, but the front part of the abdomen has a broad yellow band, giving it the appearance of a bee or wasp. The two wings are transparent, as with most flies, but the leading edge is amber, and there is a brown patch on each wing.

The mimicry of bees or wasps in shape and colouration is shown by other hover-flies, and it thought that this protects against falling prey to birds and other insectivores which avoid eating true wasps because of their sting. However the difference between hover-flies and wasps or bees is that the hover-flies have two wings, and the Hymenoptera species have four.


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Hello Szabo,

Great sharpness, wonderful POV and unbelievable DOF!
The colors are natural with nice brown compound eyes. The otehr bodyparts are very well shown. The bright colored flower gives great contrast to dark-colored fly. Great work!

Thanks for sharing.

Paras Bhalla

Hallo Szabo
Absolutely wonderful details captured. Focus, sharpness and viewpoint is just great. I enjoyed looking at this well presented macro.
Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

An excellent macro by any standards, Szabo..
Very well seen and presented!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-08-03 8:44]

Splendida captura ta de azi. Extrem de bun macro, culori de exceptie.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-03 10:22]

Hello Jozsef,
A very fine close macro of Volucella pellucens taken from a fine POV to show its features with excellent sharpness and DOF against the purple flower BG.
Thanks and best regards,

Buen trabajo de acercamiento ( quizá demasiado ) y unos colores preciosos de este díptero que yo creo que no tengo aún fotografiado.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-08-03 11:37]

Hi Szabo. This is a fine macro shot of the Hoverfly. Which you have taken with sharp focusing and fine detail. You use of the light has given bright colours and a shine to the wings, Well done TFs.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-08-03 11:54]

Foarte bine realizata, o musca speciala cred, nu am mai vazuto pana acum.
Numai bine

hello Szabo
great macro
super sharpness and good details with many beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hello Jozsef,
Interesting macro of a beatiful hoverfly, that I never seen. Details are very sharp. Nice tones too. Best regards,

Hi Szabo
First class work with this hoverfly macro. Lovely colours, good DOF and excellent sharpness on the subject!
Kind regards

Hi Szabo,
A great macro capture of a hover-fly with great clarity and fine composition.
TFS and cheers,

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  • Voyager (524)
  • [2009-08-10 11:55]

Szép fotó, ezzel a monumentális léggyel. Gratulálok!

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