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Bee Fly

Bee Fly
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Copyright: Behrad Sharifi (BEHRAD) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 69 W: 31 N: 109] (449)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D EOS, SIGMA APO 70-300mm 1:4-5.6
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bee and flies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-13 6:22
Viewed: 3242
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi everybody

This one is a Bee Fly,I have found some info about it in WWW.ANSWERS.COM :

Scientific classification :

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Diptera

Suborder: Brachycera

Superfamily: Asiloidea

Family: Bombyliidae

Bee Fly, name for the small- to medium-sized flies of the family Bombyliidae, many of which resemble bees in appearance and behavior. This mimicry provides bee flies with some measure of protection against predators that have learned to avoid the sting of true bees. A bee fly has a stout, hairy body and long proboscis. In many species the body and wings are strikingly marked in yellow and brown. Most are very swift fliers and buzz loudly like a bee if caught in a net. They seek heat and are often found flying close to the ground in dry, sandy regions. The adults feed on nectar and hover above flowers like bees. The larvae feed on larvae or pupae of other insects; they are beneficial as parasites of harmful species. Beelike flies are also found in other families. The syrphid flies (family Syrphidae), also called hover flies and flower flies, are a large, cosmopolitan group of beelike and wasplike flies. Many syrphid flies bear a very close resemblance to a particular bee or wasp species. Many of the robber flies (family Asilidae) resemble bumblebees. All of these are true flies; they are classified in the phylum Arthropoda, class Insecta, order Diptera.

And here also is photo details :

Camera Model Name : Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
Shooting Date/Time : 10/11/2006 10:41:41 AM
Shooting Mode : Manual
Photo Effect Mode : Off
Tv( Shutter Speed ) : 1/250
Av( Aperture Value ) : 5.6
Metering Mode : Center-weighted averaging
ISO Speed : 200
Lens : 70.0 - 300.0 mm
Focal Length : 263.0 mm
Image Quality : Fine
Flash : Off
White Balance : Daylight
AF Mode : Manual Focus
Parameters :
Tone Curve Standard
Sharpness level 0
Color tone Normal
Noise reduction : Off

Hope you enjoyed.
All comments are welcome


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Hi Behrad
Very interesting fly. I have never seen a similar one.

Excellent shot, Behrad.
The focus on the face and the body is spot on.
Well done and TFS.

Hey Behrad,
Great shot of bee fly,
Good details and focusing,


Hi Behrad.

Interesting image.It has a surreal feeling because of the unfocused wings, patterns on the body of the fly and the colors. A nice work.

Well Done & TFS.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-13 8:55]

Hi Behrad,

Very nice macro,well captured with good POV,sharpness and details,well done and TFS


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-13 9:36]

Hello Behrad,
Wonderful capture.Details are crisp clear and sharp.I liked POV,BG and composition a lot.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-10-13 10:41]

Hello Behrad,
Brilliant close-up of this bee fly! I really like the composition and the focus on the eyes and other details you've suceeded in showing.
TFS, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-10-13 11:00]

Hi Behrad,
Fine sharp macro and fine info on beeflies.
You are both educating and stimulating members of TN with your shots. Well done!
TFS, regards, Ivan

Namaste Behrad,
that's a very interestng fly, I never saw something like this before.
Such a hairy body and wonderful big fly-eyes, I like it, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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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 11:34]

Hello Behrad,
you achieved good sharpness on the head, thorax and abdomen of the fly, so that the interesting body colour patterns become very clear. The eyes and antennae are rather sharp. Unfortunately, sharpness of both wings is very poor so that you cannot really see the venation. Perhaps, you have a picture from another point of view?
Best wishes, Peter

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-10-13 12:43]

Hi Behrad,
Excellent macro .Very nice details and sharpness.POV and DoF is superb.TFS

Hello Behrad!
Another very nice picture! I have to say that I always pay more attention on boblylid flies because some of these species parasite also larvae of tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) - these larvae live in sand too.
This picture is really nice. I like the DOF and POV. Also the note is very interesting.
TFS and best greetings from Poland,

Hi Behrad,

You certainly ahve a good shot here. Details is good.
Best regards,

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