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Marmelade Fly

Marmelade Fly
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hoverflies (Syrphidae) of Belgium [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-02 14:30
Viewed: 3022
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
On a sunny day of July...

Episyrphus balteatus (De Geer, 1776)
Family: Syrphidae

The Marmalade fly is a relatively small hoverfly (9-12mm), widespread throughout all continents. Like most other hoverflies it mimics a much more dangerous insect, the solitary wasp, though it is a quite harmless species. The upper side of the abdomen is patterned with orange and black bands. Two further identification characters are the presence of secondary black bands on the 3rd and 4th dorsal plates and of faint greyish longitudinal stripes on the thorax.
The Marmalade fly can be found throughout the year in various habitats, including urban gardens, visiting flowers for pollen and nectar. They often form dense migratory swarms, which may cause panic among people for its resemblance to wasps. It is among the very few species of flies capable of crushing pollen grains and feeding on them. The larva is terrestrial and feeds on aphids.
As in most other hoverflies, males can be easily identified by their holoptic eyes, i.e., left and right compound eyes touching at the top of the head. (Wikipedia)

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Hello Catherine,
Superb capture of this sirfid, excellent colors, Sharpnees & very fine details. Well done.
Have a nice weekend.
Best regards. Ferran

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-10-03 0:25]

Wonderful macro capture, great details, lovely colors.

Quelle précision Catherine...
Tu nous offres du grand art !!
Bravo pour cette mise en scène de qualité

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-10-03 2:26]

Beautiful colors, fine details and texture. The fly is looking great in this lighting. tfs.

Ciao Catherine,
superbe photo en macro, exceptionnelle netteté, le couleurs sont éclatantes avec une exstraordinaire luminosité, très jolie composition.
Merci et félicitations
Bonne journée

hello Catherine
great sharpness composition with very good light
beautiful colours and good details
great shot
greeting lou

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-10-04 5:03]

Hi Catherine,
the details and feature of the fly is really stunning. the red eyes and the hairy body is so exciting to note. You have composed it beautifully with the flowers giving a good complementary beauty.
Brilliant composition.


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