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Copyright: Sergio Stella (flashpoint) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 630 W: 133 N: 4324] (28008)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma AF150 f 2.8 EX DG APO HSM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/40 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-27 3:13
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Points: 16
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Episyrphus balteatus (De Geer, 1776)
Marmalade Hoverfly

Episyrphus balteatus, sometimes called the marmalade hoverfly , is a relatively small hoverfly (9–12 mm) of the Syrphidae family, 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.
E. balteatus 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

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Model: NIKON D90
Software: Paint Shop Pro Photo 11,20
Exposure Time: 1/40
F-Stop: f/9.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 150/1 mm
Date Taken: 2010-08-15 12:04
Metering Mode: Pattern
File Size: 68 kb

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Ciao Sergio,
un insetto molto piccolo e vivace, non facile riprenderlo č sempre in movimento.
Mi piace molto il POV che hai esato mettendo bene a fuoco la sua testa e sfuocando piacevolmente il resto del corpo, bravo!
Bene anche la resa dei colori.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-08-27 4:40]

Hi Sergio,
Excellent photo composition, grat colors and fine details, TFS!

Ciao Sergio. Altra artistica delicata e composta al meglio. Colori eccezionali.


Amazing composition. Do you know which plant in this photo? Because It's incredibly beautiful . Thanks for sharing.

Kind regards

Bravo! You did colours great! Blue, yellow, green tones are so bright and the same time your compositon and framing is compatible.


Ciao Sergio,
un fantastico gioco di colori delicati con un tocco creativo nella scelta compositiva per un'insolita e piacevole prospettiva verticale in una messa a fuoco orizzontale.
Grazie e complimenti
Buona serata
Ciao Maurizio

Hello Sergio,
Nice macro with superb colours and amazing details.
Lovely composition.

Ciao Sergio,
Ahhhh .... Questo č davvero uno dei suoi quadri pieni di arte e di buon gusto! ... bel lavoro, davvero progetti ben in vista. Questa foto crea interesse visivo completamente!
Saluti, Felice Domenica per voi, Jesús

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