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Copyright: kv vral (vral) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 40D DSLR
Exposure: f/16, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-17 0:53
Viewed: 3191
Points: 18
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Hello Friends,

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 of many species 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; because of this, aphid-feeding hoverflies are being recognized as important natural enemies of pests, and potential agents for use in biological control. Some adult syrphid flies are important pollinators.

About 6,000 species in 200 genera have been described. Hoverflies are common throughout the world and can be found on every continent except Antarctica. Hoverflies are harmless despite their mimicry of the black and yellow stripes of wasps, which serves to ward off predators.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Infraclass: Neoptera
Superorder: Endopterygota
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Brachycera
Section: Aschiza
Superfamily: Syrphoidea
Family: Syrphidae


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I have done fairly good work on Hoverflies, KV. However, this species is new for me. For one thing, it has a short and slim abdomen.
The image is very attractive and has rich and saturated colours.
Thanks for sharing it and regards.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-17 3:15]

Hello Vral.
Very good capture this Hoverfly.Good sharp details and beautiful true colors.Well composed and accurate sharpened.Well done.
Best regards Siggi

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-11-17 5:26]

hi kv,
very fine composition, good colors and details, its very simple and effective. tfs.

Ciao Kv,
la definizione dei dettagli di questa Sirfide è super, ottima composizione con BG scuro e la posa sulla foglia che esaltano i bei colori saturi dell'insetto.

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-11-17 12:22]

Hello Vral,

Very good capture of this syrphid fly. Excellent sharpness and very nice detail. Good use of the flash and well saturated colours.

hello kv,
good capture of the hoverfly, the image is sharp with good details and the pov offers goo idea about the insect body. well composed shot,
tfs & regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-18 0:41]

Hello Vral, Nice sharp picture. You composed it very well. Looks like it is sucking the leaves. Well shot Ganesh

hello kv,
Renkler ve detaylar harika olmuş,
ilk kez gördüğüm bu türü canlı olarakda görmeyi çok isterdim.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-21 13:27]

Hi Vral,wonderful close-up.top quality of sharpness,details and colors,a very perfect work,my best compliments,have a nice weekend,Luciano

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