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Empis tesselata

Empis tesselata
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K20D, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Macro 1:1, Digital ISO 400, 55mm B+W Skylight KR1,5
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-06-17 10:35
Viewed: 2812
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Brachycera
Infraorder: Asilomorpha
Superfamily: Empidoidea
Family: Empididae


Empididae is a family of flies with over 3,000 described species occurring worldwide, but the majority are found in the Holarctic. They are mainly predatory flies like most of their relatives in the Empidoidea, and exhibit a wide range of forms but are generally small to medium sized, non-metallic and rather bristly.

Common names for members of this family are dagger flies (referring to the sharp piercing mouthparts of some species) and balloon flies. The term "dance flies" is sometimes used for this family too, but the dance flies proper, formerly included herein, are now considered a separate family Hybotidae.

Some Empididae, such as the European species Hilara maura, have an elaborate courtship ritual in which the male wraps a prey item in silk and presents it to the female to stimulate copulation. Empidid larvae are also largely predatory (although some are scavengers) and occupy a wide range of habitats, both aquatic and terrestrial.

Evolution and systematics
Empididae are well represented in amber deposits and the family certainly seems to have been well established by the Cretaceous period at the latest.

Two groups formerly placed here as subfamilies are now generally regarded as separate families in the Empidoidea: Atelestidae and Hybotidae. The Brachystomatidae are also sometimes separated as a distinct family, but this seems to be in error. The Microphorinae were long placed in the Empididae as a subfamily, then briefly classified as a distinct family, and are now considered a subfamily of the long-legged flies (Dolichopodidae).

Among the subfamilies currently placed herein, not all are confirmed to be monophyletic groups. Some rearrangements, in particular regarding the delimitation of Empididae versus Dolichopodidae which together represent the bulk and the most advanced lineages of the Empidoidea are likely to take place in the future. The Brachystomatinae, Empidinae and Hemerodromiinae however seem to be natural groups of closest relatives in their entirety, and the Clinocerinae apparently are for the largest part

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empididae

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-06-17 11:09]

Hi Thijs,
A superb macro my friend, the detail and DOF is excellent! I particularly like the green stems in the background that give the image a slightly more dramatic image somehow - very well done!

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2010-06-17 11:10]

Hello Thijs,
besides the fly the background is particularly interesting and nice. Professional exposure, attractive composition and high sharpness chracterize your picture!
Best wishes, Peter

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2010-06-17 11:17]

Hi Thijs,
I like this Empidid fly with the large trumpet a lot. The shot is perfect,the fly seems to be somehow glowing. And then the stag-like background! Superb. I put it in my "European Dipterans" collection.
My best regards

Hello Thijs,
Fantastic capture, with a very unusual background, a great lighting and perfect sharpness. Very nice use of the flash. Cheers,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-17 12:07]

Hi Thijs,
Prachtige macro in geweldig goede scherpte, schitterend natuurlijke kleuren en een erg goede diepte in de foto. Mooie achtergrond.

geweldig mooi overall plaatje, niet alleen het closeup gedeelte

Hi Thijs,
wow, this shot is wonderful - I love the arrangement with the flower, looks like a big sun in the back.
Fantastic work, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello This,
a superb macro shot of Empis tesselata, outstanding sharpness and marvellous colours, fabolous composition.
Best regards

Hola Thijs

Fantastica imagen, el uso del flash ha dotado a la imagen de un brillo excelente, verdaderamente una macro perfecta. El fondo se sale de lo normal y es fantastico.

Un saludo Antonio

Hi Thijs

Superb macro of this spectacular fly. Excellent sharpness and DOF. Great colours.


Hallo Thijs
The details here is just magic. An exceptional macro with wonderful colours and qualities. The purple and green "rays" in the background creates a beautiful artistic affect and highlights the details of this beautiful insect to their best. I also fancy the fine details of the dainty flowers. It is rather eye-catching. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

hallo Thijs
super!! deze foto ,zo mooi scherp en goed licht met goed BG
ook toevallig ,ik heb hem vanochtend gezien
Maar had niks bij mij
groetjes lou

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