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Copyright: Emilio Giudice (emifoto) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 78] (284)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax *ist DS, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-01 3:10
Viewed: 6976
Points: 13
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This bombyliidae I have photographed it with one overexposure of + 1,5. The species is not successful to determine it. I hope that qualcunaltro it can identify it.The Bombyliids are a large family of flies with hundreds of genera, but their life cycles are not well known. Adults generally feed on nectar and pollen, thus are pollinators of flowers. They superficially resemble bees, thus are commonly called bee flies, and this may offer the adults some protection from predators.

The larval stage are predators or parasitoids of other insect eggs and larvae. The adult females usually deposit eggs in the vicinity of possible hosts, quite often in the burrows of beetles or wasps/solitary bees. Where most often in the insect world parasitoids are highly specific in the host species that they will infect, it is thought that bombyliids are opportunistic and will use a variety of hosts.

While bombyliids have a great variety of species, rarely are individuals of any one species abundant, and this is perhaps one of the poorest known families of insects.

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Hi Emilio,
wow - a great shot with good sharpness, special the eye is impressive.
Very well done, congratulations, ciao
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Very intresting inflight shot, the details are pretty good especially the eye.
people would be intrested to know how you achieved the shot and what post processing you did to capture this shot?
TFS yours Robert

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-10-01 4:16]

Hi Emilio,
Very interesting and artistic shot, Emilio. Amazing picture.

Hi Emilio,
Good capute of this bee inflight and so close. The dof snd sharpness around the eye is great.

A great snapshot, Emilio. It is difficult to shoot an insect in mid flight and you have done a good job here. The focus on the eye is amazing.
Well done and TFS.

Nitido l'occhio, buona la nota informativa, il resto totalmente sovraesposto.


L'occhio veramente impressionante !!
Bellissimo scatto, dettagliato e ben composto.
Complimenti !

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