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Copyright: Luc Durocher (Luc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS, Canon 52mm close-up lens 250D
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2004-11-01 3:51
Viewed: 2708
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I thought it will be easy to identify this syrphus with its yellow spot on the head, but even if I bought a book on insects and spent a lot of time on the web, I did not find it. It is a search for Paul... again.
The blue on the wings is a reflection from my coat. I put another shot of the same individual without reflexion in my workshops.


Syrphidae Family

The syrphus belong to the order of the dipterous ones which also includes the flies, mosquitos, flies with roe-deer, etc.
The family of the syrphus includes approximately 950 species in North America.


They are often of black and yellow colouring, and, according to species, more or less hairy. Some are uniformly black or brown. Their size varies few millimetres to approximately 2 cm. Several resemble in a way seizing the bees, wasps or bumblebees. Contrary to the latter, the syrphus do not have a dart and cannot prick.

The eyes are large and seem to cover all the head.

The shape of the larvae varies according to species. They can be of maggot type and generally greenish, or watery with the posterior end prolonged in a long respiratory tube resembling a tail of rat, or ovals and flattened...

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This is a mystery to me too Luc, but a very good macro. (Je pense que les mouches sont tres jolies). Merci beaucoup.

Wonderfull shot, Luc. I like the reflection of the wings. I have never seen this critter before, for that I thank you. Great work.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-11-01 8:08]

A nice capture.
Very impressive detail of the wings.
An unusual fly,a new one for me.
Well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-01 8:30]

Strange fly. Looks very short and its wings are strange too. I've never seen it before. Good details and composition, also very good note.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-01 9:16]

Personalmente Luc me agrada más la imagen del workshop que la original.
Ambas tienen muy buena calidad, pero la composicion de la segunda personalmente me parece mejor.
Gran agudeza y colorido... el POV de la primera es impactante... la presentacion de la segunda, superior.

Personnellement Luc me satisfait plus l'image du workshop que ce qui est originale.
Toutes les deux ont qualité très bonne, mais la composition de la deuxième personnellement me paraît mieux.
Une grande acuité et coloré... le POV de la première est imposant... la présentation de la deuxième, supérieur.

Nice shot Luc.
Strange fly. Good details and nice composition.
Great note.
Well done.

Luc, Very good notes on this. Excellent macro displaying the wing-veins nicely. I like the workshop photo much better for its POV of course. Well done!!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-01 14:54]
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Hi Luc, I've done a bit of searching. To be honest I'm not so sure what this is at all. Sorry.

Great shot, I prefer the WS to this one although they are both very good, you did well not to overexpose the whites. Well done.

Great capture of this odd looking fly. I really like the reflection from your blue coat shows in the wings. The close-up lens worked very well. I am interested because I have a Canon S1 IS, and realize that it doesn't have a macro setting like my Canon S30 has.

Luc, I like this shot. It comes from a different angle, a different perspective. Besides that, colors and sharpness are great. Excellent job.


Very nice close-up good reflection in the wings good details

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