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Cheilosia illustrata

Cheilosia illustrata
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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: 2010-08-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hoverflies (Syrphidae) of Belgium [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-21 12:49
Viewed: 3143
Points: 21
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Another Hoverfly for my collection of Hoverflies of Belgium.

Cheilosia illustrata Harris, 1780 ♀
Family: Syrphidae

It is a common European hoverfly with more hairs than most of the members of this genus. It has a dark spot on the wings and hairy eyes. The abdomen is hairy and red-tipped. It has long white hairs at the shoulder and under the scutellum.
It is usually seen on umbellifers, particularly hogweed flowers (Heracleum sphondylium), along glades, tracksides, hedges, etc. and are a typical component of the mid-summer fauna of hogweed flowers.
The larvae have been found in the large rootstocks of Heracleum sphondylium.
Length: 9-11mm, Wing Length: 8.5-10.25mm
Flying time: May - August.

Stubbs, Alan E. and Falk, Steven J. (1983). British Hoverflies: An Illustrated Identification Guide. British Entomological & Natural History Society. pp. 253, xvpp.
Ball & Morris, 2000. Provisional atlas of British hoverflies.
Jim Lindsey, The Ecology of Commanster

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Hello Catherine,
Very nice capture this amazing Hoverfly with big eyes.
Excellent colours and wonderful background.
Have a nice weekend!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-21 13:40]

Hello Catherine,
What a great macro of this hoverfly . I like everything here: details, color, POV, composition, details, DOF and POV. This is a nice shot with good exposure.Best regards Siggi

Good Shot, Catherine, great composition and details, maybe some high lights on the flower, but overall very nice all.
Ciao, Melania.

Buen manejo de la luz Catherine. Bien también el
encuadre. Un excelente trabajo.

Saludos: J. Ignasi.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-21 22:14]

Hello Catherine,
A fine capture of this species of Hoverfly Cheilosa illustrata, another I have yet to see, as it is found in S. Sweden.
Nice composition on the white flowers against a clean BG and good focusing on the head and thorax with excellent sharpness.
Thanks and have a good Sunday,

Hi Catherine,
very sharp and colorful shot, the background is also quite good thanks to your nice lens.
All the best,

Hello Catherine. a masterpiece macro photo of this fly. Details, colours and composition are wonderful.
TFS. Kind regards,

Ciao Catherine, wonderful macro with fantastic details, excellent sharpness and splendid colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Catherine,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Hoverfly. Very good frontal POV. Sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hello Ctherine
very nice picture with good sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hi again dear,

Another great close-up of a hoverfly! A novelty for me... Technically awesome work MF!
TFS and have a nice night/week!


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