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To BEE or not to BEE

To BEE or not to BEE
Photo Information
Copyright: Jannie Maritz (Jannie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 6 N: 264] (1227)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5, Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 1:2.8-3.3 / 6-72, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-13 10:08
Viewed: 4705
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The most ironic thing about this photo is that I took it on April Fools Day. Didn't realise that till now. At first I thought this was a bee. I guess the joke's on me.

Eristalinus Taeniops
Lesser Drone Fly

Very similar to the Honey bee in size and appearance (abdomen stripes) but lacks a sting and has its eyes with characteristical zig-zag stripes. Larva found in stagnant water. Resembles Drone fly but slightly smaller (13mm)

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Hi Jannie.

Amazing close-up.Fantastic colors, BG and details.It's a high quality image with a great composition and appropriate placement of the subject.

Well Done & TFS.

Good sharpness in this macro.
Good work!

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-10-13 11:08]

Hello Jannie,
to be or not a bee? Clearly, as you note it's a hoverfly. The picture is pretty good showing fine details of the eyes, the body and the wings and also of the small characteristic antennae. Nice light and natural colours.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Jannie,
anyway shakespeare would think about "to bee", it's a wonderful shot. I love the striped eyes so much, I've never seen a fly with such eyes, it's beautiful, I like it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Jannie,
it is an astonishing fly! good details, and beautiful colors.
Thank you,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-14 4:24]

Hello Jannie,
Excellent capture.Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear.POV,sharpness,lighting,BG and framing are also wonderful.

Preciosa macro. Muy buenos detalles. Luz y color perfectos, hermoso encuadre.
Saludos Jannie.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-10-14 14:41]

Hello Jannie , This shot is very good and so complete ,well taken shot , good in pov colours and fine details and beauty bg , very good job , Greetings Teunie .

ola ,jannne muito boa foto,parabéns!!!!

Cool image Jannie. Personal view - I might have left a little more space on the left and at top and cropped more below. Groete, Rob

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-12-07 20:39]

Hi Jannie,
an exciting and superbs shot of this fly. Excllent clarity and sharpness with nicely composed position.
the eyes are very captivating.
The blurry background make this shot further beautiful and interesting.


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