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Is This a Bee?

Is This a Bee?
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Copyright: Darren Melrose (Darren) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 35 W: 0 N: 50] (245)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax *ist D, Tamron SP 90mm
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bee and flies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-10 10:10
Viewed: 5316
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sometimes this site makes me feel pretty stupid. You folks seem to know so much about the animals you capture; I know nothing and don't even know how to look properly. I guess I gotta find an English book, google doesn't help me as much as I would like. Since I can't offer much insight on many of my photos, I do try to be thorough on the shooting details. I do know that the flowers he was on were African Marigolds, I read the sign ;). The shot was taken at a display garden on the grounds of the Chiang KaiShek Memorial Hall.

Anyways, I took this shot today. In the photo, he looks a little like a bee, but he has an elephant like nose. In person, he wasn't quite so bee like, his body was almost black (I guess the flash lightened that up). Even through the lens, I could see his eyes were pretty cool. He was also smaller than a typical bee I think.

To take this shot, I set my lens at maximum magnification(1:1 magnification), put my camera on two of the three legs of the tripod (unextended) and sort of rocked until he was in focus. The flash was camera mounted and was using a Lumiquest diffuser.

Uncropped, normal post processing, ISO 200

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Nice shot! Isn't it frustrating that wildlife doesn't come with a sign to identify it too ;) I'm fairly certain he's a fly of some kind (big eyes, suction cup proboscis), not sure which exact species though - if the stripes on the eye aren't a reflection I feel they'll really help in making an identification... DOF is excellent, and focus is spot on. I'm wondering whether the colour balance is a little bit orangish though - that may simply be a matter of the marigold throwing me off the scent though! Well captured :-D

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-10 11:16]

I dont know what this is, but you captured it well. It almost reminds me of a tiny elephant.

Thanks for posting

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  • cecile Silver Star Critiquer [C: 43 W: 0 N: 7] (1060)
  • [2004-10-10 12:36]

magnifique lumière et netteté

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-10-10 12:50]

Jolie composition avec la couleur orange si agréable. Moi aussi la tête de l'insecte m'a fait penser à une trompe d'éléphant miniature ;-)
Nice !

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-10 13:44]

Most definitely a fly and I have no idea in an ID. It's a fantastic shot. The colours and details are very good. I love it.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-10-10 14:48]

Whatever it is, it sure has a long snout, maybe an elephant e? LOL. VERy good capture. though!
Lets call it the stripped ellie fly!

Darren though I'm not sure I think this could be a horse fly or cleg. It looks a lot like our Philoliche Zonata. I hope it would help. Great shot by the way!

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2004-10-11 6:45]

It looks very curious. Anyway the contrast of his body color and the flower is good. The details make the day!

Darren, Excellent shot with superb detail at this size. Good side-view displaying the subjects mouth-parts in the act of feeding in this sea of color! Great job!

Very nice Darren.
I say as Japie it looks like a little elephant.
Nice colours and good details.
God note.

Très belle capture et détail formidable. Merci. Rudy.

Appart from the nice colours and detail that you show in your photo, I always say I like the ones that take me to other worlds, and this is one of them.

the colour I like it.
good detail.

Amazing,great result,and an excellent colors and contrast,nicely captured with skilfully use of DOF,really I like it a lot,Dear Darren.
And glad to see you in green world of TN:)

Have a look at Diptera - Rhiniidae

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