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E. arbustorum

E. arbustorum
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Sigma 70-300mm
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/550 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-09 9:02
Viewed: 3412
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There are a surprising number of hoverfly species and some can look very similar to each other, making positive identification something of a test even for experts. This one appears to be E. arbustorum.

The prominent 'hourglass' marking on the abdomen would tend to indicate that this is a male. The markings on the females may not be so distinct.

My image, here, of this hoverfly came from my archives. I took it slightly before I had my Nikon (*I think). I have several hoverflies in my collection but didn't post any until one day Argus let me know what they were. Thanks Ivan.

You can see my older work with DSLR's is much sharper than the Leica D-Lux. This is because one has to be 1/2 inch away from a subject for anything good resembling a macro and add a tripod on top of that. My Leica however is the best landscape camera on any market. Leica lends its glass to Panasonic with exception of the more superior glass which they reserve for their own logo'ed cameras.

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Hi Bob,

an nice shot with god pov and sharpness as usual.
Your notes are always nice to read.
Fine colours.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-10-09 9:59]

Hello Bob,
This is a most impressive shot from your archive showing a Hoverfly nicely settled on a pretty yellow flower as a perfect background. Lovely light and colours, fine sharp details and nicely framed.
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-09 10:07]

Hello Bob.
Nice macro of this hoverfly on the pretty yellow flowers. Good details and textures of the insect. I love those clear wings! Wonderful colors.Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-09 11:34]

Hello Bob,
There's a lot of beauty in your archive. Great photo of this hoverfly in excellent sharpness, details and beautiful colours. Good contrasting OOF BG and composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-09 12:26]

Since I got a new Book on Swedish Hoverflies I have realised even more that there are subtle differences between the species, especially between those of the same genus.
This makes me uncertain about what species of Eristalis this is. One thing is clear, Bob: this is a sharp and well composed image with excellent natural colours and you kept it back for over three years!
Nice to see this and to know your memory is regaining its sharpness.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Merhaba Dostum Bob!

Çok hoş bir marmelad sineği makrosu olmuş. Sarı gerçekten en zor renklerden ve sen çok güzel pozlama ile en küçük bir aşırı pozlama yapmaksızın çekmişsin bu güzeli.
Ellerine ve emeğine sağlık.
İyi bir hafta sonu geçirmen dileğimle, selam ve sevgiler.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-10-09 13:49]

Hi Robert,
A very nice capture of this insect in great ligght and colors.Fine sharpness and excellent details.TFS.

You are like Jonhny Walker... get better with age and still going STRONG
Very well presented, indeed!!!


A lovely shot, Bob!
very well framed!
Love the bright yellow!

Ciao Bob, lovely hoverfly on a beautiful yellow flower, fantastic details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-10-10 7:11]

Hi Bob,
A superb macro my friend, bright and cheery, a treat to see this Sunday morning. Thank you for sharing this beauty with us. God bless.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-10-11 19:31]

Hello Bob,
A top notch macro image, showing us superb detail of this Hoverfly. A very nice shot from your archive collection. TFS.

Hi Bob,

The flower is helping to frame the insect. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the hoverfly. The late morning light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


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