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Small syrphid fly

Small syrphid fly
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-02 3:03
Viewed: 2527
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Flies in the family Syrphidae are commonly known as hoverflies, flower flies, or syrphid flies.
As their common names suggest, they are often seen hovering or nectaring at flowers; the adults of many species feed mainly on nectar and pollen, while the larvae (maggots) eat a wide range of foods. In some species, the larvae are saprotrophs, eating decaying plant and animal matter in the soil or in ponds and streams. In other species, the larvae are insectivores and prey on aphids, thrips, and other plant-sucking insects.

Aphids alone cause tens of millions of dollars of damage to crops worldwide every year; because of this, aphid-feeding hoverflies are being recognized as important natural enemies of pests, and potential agents for use in biological control. Some adult syrphid flies are important pollinators.

About 6,000 species in 200 genera have been described. Hoverflies are common throughout the world and can be found on every continent except Antarctica.Hoverflies are harmless to most other animals despite their mimicry of the black and yellow stripes of wasps, which serves to ward off predators.

hansh, Argus, Hussain58, uleko, nagraj, cloud, marius-secan, maurydv, jaycee, boreocypriensis, eng55, Noisette has marked this note useful
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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-01-02 3:06]

Hello Siegfried.

You have captured this fly in a great way.
Very sharp, with beautiful colors and against a nice quiet background.
Very well done.

Gr. Hans

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-02 3:08]

Hi Siggi,
above all a warm HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010!
Health, happiness and only happiness.
Come back to the beginning of the year with an exceptional macro, congratulations.
From now on we have available a whole year to be able to admire your beautiful photos.
Thank you very much for visiting my gallery taken on. And also for the beautiful comments you have left.
The best thoughts and wishes,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-02 3:54]

Hello Siggi,
A fine, lateral view macro of a Episyrphus balteatus taken with excellent sharpness on the yellow flower against a pleasing neutral BG.
Thanks and best wishes for the New Year!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-02 3:55]

Hello Siegfried
A fine macro with wonderful colors and great details

Hello Seigfried,
Feel honoured to be on your page whcich I have been missing for so long but not on purpose.This is a splendid, sharply focused shot of the syrphid fly.taken from a distance the background is smooth like a wall and beautiful, sharpens the image. Thanks for sharing the shot...take care..warmest regards/Abid

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-02 4:29]

Hello Siggi,
A lovely capture of this little Hoverfly resting on the bright yellow flower. Great focus on the BIG eye and beautiful natural colours that stand out against the fine background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-01-02 8:07]

Fine colors in this closeup of very beautiful hoverfly.
Your notes are very informative and useful. tfs.

hello Siegfried
super sharpness pose of this beauty
great details and good light
beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-01-02 8:51]

Witaj Siggi,
Mamy wokol zime a u mnie nawet powazny mroz i sniegu sporo i ciesze sie, ze nie dotarla do nas odwilz. Kiedy chce sie ogrzac to otwieram TN i ogladam letnie owady i krajobrazy.Twoje skromna kompozycja tej malej muchy bardzo mi sie podoba.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

Hello Siggi,

A great macro with lovely colors, sharpness & details. Well done & presented. TFS & regards.


Hello Siegfried,
Amazing sharpness and superb details. Very good composition and great blurred background.

Ciao Siggi, great macro of lovely sirphid with fantastic detail great natural colors, beautiful blurry BG and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-02 12:22]

Hello Siegfried,
Very nice photo in good sharpness and details. Very beautiful clear colours. Excellent composition and OOF BG.

Hello Siegfried,
a beautiful macro shot of this syrphid fly, good sharpness and splendid warm colours.
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-02 15:36]

Hi Siggi,beautiful point of view! I like a lot this composition from this corner,beautifuls colors and good sharpness too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks.Luciano

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-02 15:49]

Hi Siggi,

A beautiful capture of this fly on the yellow flower. Excellent sharp details of both subjects and their wonderful colors blend together so well. I love the background and composition.


Hi MF Siggi,

Absolutely stunning image of this pretty hoverfly!
The clarity and details are first class, as is the focus and exposure.
TFS and have a nice day MF!


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-02 23:43]

Hallo Siegfried,
Very nice capture.I liked framing,use of backlight and composition a loot.Have a nice sunday!
Thanks for posting..

Otro bonito trabajo Siegfried, y con unos interesantes colores. Tomada quizás desde muy cerca y eso influye bastante en los enfoques, con una profundidad difícil de conseguir.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

hello Siegfried
a fine capture of this hoverfly very well focused,
the details are sharp and colors are very pleasant
Have a good night

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