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Copyright: nuri senemek (senn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K10D, CZ Macro-Planar T* f2/ 100mm ZK
Exposure: f/2
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-16 10:39
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Eristalis tenax

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Syrphidae
Genus: Eristalis
Subgenus: Eoseristalis
Species: E. tenax
Binomial name
Eristalis tenax
(Linnaeus, 1758)
E. campestris Meigen, 1822
Musca tenax Linnaeus, 1758
Eristalis tenax is a European hoverfly, also known as the drone fly (or "dronefly"). It has been introduced into North America and is widely established.
The larva of E. tenax is a rat-tailed maggot. It lives in drainage ditches, pools around manure piles, sewage, and similar places containing water badly polluted with organic matter.[2] The larva likely feeds on the abundant bacteria living in these places.
When fully grown, the larva creeps out into drier habitats and seeks a suitable place to pupate. In doing so it sometimes enters buildings, especially barns and basements on farms. The pupa is 1012 mm long, grey-brown, oval, and retains the long tail; it looks like a tiny mouse.
The adult fly that emerges from the pupa is harmless. It looks somewhat like a drone honey bee, and likely gains some degree of protection from this resemblance to a stinging insect. The adults are called drone flies because of this resemblance. Like other hover flies, they are common visitors to flowers, especially in late summer and autumn, and can be significant pollinators.
In its natural habitat, E. tenax is more of a curiosity than a problem, and the adults are beneficial pollinators.
Identification : Large (wingspan 15mm), stocky, bee mimic. Eyes are marbled in black. Males have hovering displays.
Diet : Adults feed on flowers, especially those of carrot and fennel.
Infection : There have occasionally been documented cases of human intestinal Myiasis of the rat-tailed maggot (larva of Eristalis tenax). Infection can be asymptomatic (no symptoms) or can manifest as symptoms ranging from abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, to anal pruritus. Infection can be caused by ingestion of contaminated food or water but doubts have been expressed that accidentally ingested fly larvae could survive in the gastrointestinal tract. Zumpt proposed an alternative called "rectal myiasis". Flies, attracted to feces, may deposit their eggs or larvae near or into the anus, and the larvae then penetrate further into the rectum. They can survive feeding on feces at this site, as long as the breathing tube reaches towards the anus.

source : Wikipedia

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-01-16 10:54]

Hello Nuri,
Excellent photo of this hoverfly in flight. Great details. Beautiful colours and a fine composition. Nice blurred background.

Hello Nuri,
Hope you are well. This is an excellent shot of this beautiful hoverfly which looks magnificent in this shot which has a good timing for capturing it in this fine posture.The focus is perfect and the colours mild and toned down....thanks a lot for sharing....take care....warm regards/Abid

hello Nuri
very nice shot with good details and lovely naturel colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Nuri, fantastic capture of in-flight hoverfly, excellent details, beautiful clarity, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Senn
WOW 1/3200 sec and his wings are still a blur. Super capture, great colour and detail with a great POV.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

Hello nuri,
a superb capture with great timing to freeze the shot.
nice clarity and colour.
best wishes,

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2013-01-16 22:20]

Excellent timing. good photograph with excellent clarity and sharpness on flight of the insect. good work. tfs.

Impressive photo Nuri! Perfect timing, good composition, nice lighting and good sharpness.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-01-17 0:48]

Hello Nuri
a lovely capture of this bee in flight. Well frozen and the details are fabulous.
Excellent job.


美的是他的翅膀有些色彩亮出 像霓紅

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-01-18 8:22]

Hello Nuri.
Awesome action shot. Perfect DOF, POV and very good detail. Background is perfect.
Well don.Regards Siggi

Hi Nuri,

You're capturing well this Hoverfly in flight by a good composition, a good focus and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the spectacle which the hoverfly is flying to extend wings. And, it's a good environment with yellow flower and blurring background. So, you catch this moment under the difficult situation, well.

Kind regards,

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