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Copyright: Benyamin Lakitan (blakitan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1039 W: 71 N: 1332] (5517)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: sony A100, Sony 100 mm F2.8 Macro, 55mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/4, 1/360 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-07 2:06
Viewed: 4427
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Hoverfly

First, I think this is a wasp, but this is actually a hoverfly. I would like to thank Greg for his correction on ID. [I had check on pictures of some hoverfly and I convinced that this is a hoverfly, especially based on the two wings and head shape]

This are my quote on hoverfly from Wikipedia:

Flies in the Diptera family Syrphidae are commonly known as hoverflies, flower flies, or Syrphid flies.

As their common names suggest, they are often seen hovering or nectaring at flowers; the adults feed mainly on nectar and pollen, while the larvae (maggots) eat a wide range of foods. In some species, the larvae are saprotrophs, eating decaying plant and animal matter in the soil or in ponds and streams. In other species, the larvae are insectivores and prey on aphids, thrips, and other plant-sucking insects. Aphids alone cause tens of millions of dollars of damage to crops worldwide every year, and so aphid-feeding hover-flies are being recognised as important natural enemies of pests, and potential agents for use in biological control. Adult syrphid flies are important pollinators.

Many Syrphids mimic bees or wasps in appearance. It is thought that this mimicry protects hover flies from falling prey to birds and other insectivores which avoid eating true wasps because of their sting. However a flower fly and a wasp can be distinguished by counting the wings. The flies have two wings, and the wasps and bees have four. Or simply looking at the head, if it looks like a flies head then its likely to be harmless- if not then its best not to risk it. Hover flies get their name from their characteristic flight pattern of hovering nearly still, then darting a short distance very rapidly only to start hovering again, a pattern not seen in the wasps and bees they mimic.

About 6,000 species in 200 genera have been described.
[These are a lot of species!]

red45, dew77, jcoowanitwong, ardli, fyapici, nainnain, pablominto, wkshelton, Argus, fiyo, volkan, Ken52, coasties, Juyona, izler, sily has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To red45: Thanks for correction....blakitan 3 11-01 13:16
To ramthakur: It is on edge of a leafblakitan 1 12-07 22:53
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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2006-12-07 2:08]
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Hello Ben!

Very nice macro, but it isn't wasp - it is hoverfly. Good details and I love shallow DOF with completely blurred BG. Good work!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-07 2:40]

Hello Benyamin,
Very nice hoverfly close up.Lighting,reflections on body,blurred BG,sharpness,clear details and composition are wonderful.

Hi Ben,
Very sharp with nice clean BG. It would do well with a little bit more DOF (not much, maybe at f/8) to put the antennae in focus as well.
I agree with Grzegorz. This is a hoverfly/flowerfly of the fam. Syrphidae. You can see the 'halteres' or vestigial wings very clearly in this shot (the two white 'droplets' just behind the wings.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-12-07 3:51]

Hi BenyaminNice composition. Good colours, sgharpnes, details, light and POB. Also good note and BG colours.
Well done


Hello Benyamin,
I like your note very much. The body color of a wasp is supposed to yellow with light color stripes and dark colored eyes. This one is different with blue color. I believe this is hoverfly. Very well done picture and TFS.

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  • ardli Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 5 N: 10] (92)
  • [2006-12-07 4:01]

Hi pak Ben,
very nice macro, sharp and love the DOF.
keren pokoknya....kalau komposisi dibikin nungging sepertinya lebih mantaff....


Hello Ben,
Very nice, very impressive macro work. Conratulations. All details are very crisp and sharp. Bravo my friend.

hi BEN
j' adore ce petit tableau, les couleurs sont belles et nettes

Hello Ben,
A lovely composition with this non-disturbing background!
Good details in the insect, lovely colours and the point of view works well...
Pablo -

Hi Ben,
Very nice macro work.
All details are very crisp and sharp.


hi benyamin,
lovely capture,
well composed, nice pov,
well saturated colors,
excellent sharpness, lovely bg,
very well done,
tfs & regards

belle photo,on dirait qu' elle a mis son casque,bien nette,bien claire. Thomas

hi ben,
amazing, beautiful shot.
on my favourite shot.

bye mario

wow..nice shot! it almost looks like hes flying because of the way you focused in on him and the DOF ..very nice.. Great sharp color and contrasts..nice ..TFS
Donna :o)

Thanks for your comment on "December Storm -2" :o)

Hello ben

Excllent work, great details very crisp, Nicly composed and capture Photo, Perfect colors Bg POV DOF nie work,

TFS Kyle

Hello Benyamin,
Simply, for me, this is a master piece.
So simple, so briliant.
A very impressive artistic result.
Congratulations and very thankful for your post,

Hi Benyamin,
WWohh,..Lovely great picture, very nice composition and beautifull colours. Good light and good sharpness..!
Very good shot..I like much..!
Best regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-07 10:06]

Hello Ben,
This is a fine capture of a hoverfly (species unknown to me) presented in an interesting way.
Firstly it is interesting that the shallow DOF yields a sharp tip of body and thorax only. Secondly the purple sheen is unusual. Did you use flash? Flash sometimes has this effect. If not then this colour makes the fly even more interesting.
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-07 10:31]

Hello Benyamin.
Very good work ! impressive colors and composition ! Thanks for sharing

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-12-07 10:55]

Hi Ben,
Great close up shot mf.
Nice point of view,bakground and colors.
Framing is superb.

This is, apparently, a mid-flight capture, Ben.
In that respect, it is a masterpiece of sorts at 1/360!
Brilliant focus, colours and sharpness.
Isn't one of its wings slightly damaged?
Well done!

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2006-12-07 23:37]

Excellent sharp, clean macro with good detail and color and a nice background.

Hello Benyamin

Beautiful work. Nicely composed with all the technical stuff looking spot on. :-)

Hello Ben,
This is a wonderful macro of this insect! All those details are so clear and sharp! I like this great POV, DOF and composition. This is really well done! Thanks,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-09 4:00]

Benyamin, es excelente esta capura, que buena macro y composición... saludos TFS.

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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2006-12-09 8:49]

Excellente macro, belle netteté


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-12-09 9:31]

hello Benyamin
here is beautiful hoverfly photo. i like composition, point of view, depth of field, colours, focus, sharpness, details and frame in your photo.

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2006-12-10 14:51]

nothing wrong with this at f4..the distance and the flat focal plane helped
great iridescent colouring has brought the fly into keen viewing mode

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-01-15 15:11]

Hi Ben!
Well chosen POV to show us this little beautiful fly, great colours and good work on BG, I like the total focus on fly, beautiful macro!

Hi Ben,

Useful note and great colors, good sharpness. I would love to do the same !...

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