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Marmalade Hoverfly

Marmalade Hoverfly
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-04-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cyber shot HX50V
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-04-04 5:19
Viewed: 1137
Points: 6
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Dalhousie is a hill station in the hilly state of Himachal Pradesh in India. It is located at an altitude of about 7000 ft. I was there yesterday and took this picture of a Marmalade Hoverfly early in the morning when it was seeking sustenance from a purple flower which I thought grows wild at that height.

Episyrphus balteatus, sometimes called the marmalade hoverfly, is a relatively small hoverfly (9–12 mm) of the Syrphidae family, widespread throughout the Palaearctic region, which covers Europe, North Asia and North Africa. The upper side of the abdomen is patterned with orange and black bands. Two further identification characters are the presence of secondary black bands on the third and fourth dorsal plates and faint greyish longitudinal stripes on the thorax. Its color patterns may appear wasp-like to other animals, such as birds, protecting it from predation.

E. balteatus can be found throughout the year in various habitats, including urban gardens, visiting flowers for pollen and nectar. They often form dense migratory swarms, which may cause panic among people for their resemblance to wasps. It is among the very few species of flies capable of crushing pollen grains and feeding on them. The larva is terrestrial and feeds on aphids.

As in most other hoverflies, males can be easily identified by their holoptic eyes, i.e., left and right compound eyes touching at the top of their heads.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-04-04 8:37]

Hi Ram,the sharpness of the fly isn't the best,surely better on the petals of this beautiful Vinca specie,one of the most common flowers of my country too. Bright colors and correct exposure in a beautiful composition. Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Nice to see you're still active on TN, Sir! A lovely shot, that does bring out the details of the bee very well!!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-04-04 18:59]

Hello Ram,
Not tac sharp focus on the bee, but still quite acceptable. The orange, black and cream colored striped markings on the hoverfly are very pretty and the exposure is right on. TFS.
I haven't seen any bees yet here in Ohio, but hopefully soon this will change.

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