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Another Horse Fly?

Another Horse Fly?
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 XR DiII LD Asp, Raynox DCR-250 Super Macro
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-22 10:46
Viewed: 3758
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yet another very big fly.

Insects in the order Diptera, family Tabanidae, are commonly called horse flies, and sometimes also forest flies or deer flies. The former, however, can also refer to Hippoboscidae, and the latter refers specifically to the horse-fly genus Chrysops. Often considered pests for the bites that many inflict, they are among the world's largest true flies. They are known to be extremely noisy during flight. They are also important pollinators of flowers, especially in South Africa. Tabanids occur worldwide, being absent only at extreme northern and southern latitudes. Flies of this type are among those known sometimes as gadflies, zimbs or clegs. In Australia, they are known as "march flies"; elsewhere this term refers to the unrelated dipteran family Bibionidae.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-22 10:50]

Hi Haraprasan . Yes it is a large one. Which you have taken a fine macro. With a good top POV so we can see all of the body markings. The large eyes stand out . all with natural looking colours. well done TFS.

Ciao Haraprasan, great macro with fantastic details of multiple eyes, excellent sharpness, splendid light, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-07-22 10:53]

Hello Haraprasan,
Outstanding macro!
Its very good the close approach and details got on the hoverfly.
The eye's structure are appreciated plenty of good details.Congratulations and thanks for share it.
Best regards Siggi

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-22 11:09]

Hello Haraprasan
I can't help you with ID, this is another interesting insect capture with great details and perfect focus.

Hi Haraprasan,

an exellent detailed picture with good pov and sharpness.
Fine colours.


hello Haraprasan
great composition with good sharpness and very good details
greeting lou

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-07-22 12:18]

Very good macro!

Namastay Hara,
I've certainly never seen his fascinating species before.
An excellent shot of it.

NAMASTAY, my dear friend,
Educative notes.
Mario with MOST friendly greetings.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-07-22 19:19]

Hola Haraprasan.
Great super Macro of this bothering insect. We have a lot of them were I work and they are biting my horse and me all the time.
We call them "Tabanos"

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-22 21:50]

Hello Haraprasan,
As I’m just back from a trip to see my son and two grand-daughters my critiques replies are delayed.
An excellent capture of what I think is the male of a species of Horse Fly
+: Sharpness, DOF, pose, POV, BG, composition, colours and lighting.
-: none, though the BG lacks contrast but that can't be helped.
Thanks and best regards,

hello Haraprasan
very good presentation full good detail and great luminous colours

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-07-23 10:09]

Hi Haraprasan,

I go near a fly and it takes off yet you are able to get a great macro like this. Wonderful shades of brown and razorsharp details. Love those eyes!!!


hello Haraprasan

WOW ! excellent photo of this superbly camouflaged insect,
with avery fine POV completaly from above superb focus
great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2009-07-23 14:12]

Hello Haraprasan.
Great macro.
Rich details, big eyes and accurate sharpness.
Well done.

Hello Haraprasan
another great shot of a Horse Fly with superb details, i like the great dorsal view so we can good see his big eyes, excellent composition, colors and lighting
Have a good night

Wow Haraprasan, lovely macro. superb clarity with grate details. Very well done.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-07-24 4:53]

hello Haraprasan,
Again an excellent shot of a Tabanidae-fly. Amazing to see these big spotted eyes! Very harmonious colors all in brown tints. Our Tabanidae have sometimes great green eyes.
Kind regards

Hallo Haraprasan
The detail captured on this fly is really great. The focus as well as the sharpness and composition are just right. It is a favourable sight looking at this fly from above. This way one can see its whole profile, body and wing structure and the detail in its beautiful eyes. I really like the light caught in the middle of the thorax, reflecting back to the viewer’s eye, and the details seen of the different segments of the body. Thanks for sharing. Best regards from a very cold South-Africa.

Hi Haraprasan,

Wow... what interesting and different insect.
What big eyes.
Good colors and details.
Well done. TFS.


Hello Haraprasan,
Impressive macro of this fine Horse Fly. Very clear details and fine brown colours.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Namaste MF Hraprasan,
A superb close-up capture of this fly from dorsal POV with excellent clarity, sharpness and fine composition MF!
TFS and cheers,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-08-29 2:17]

Hi Haraprasan,

An excellent macro.
Very well done and played, congratulations.
Have a nice day,

Hello Haraprasan!
Very interesting creature this time! This fly has so big head that it is difficult to believe that it can normally fly! :>
Very interesting and educative presentation :)
All the best,

For some strange reason,HP, you seem to be away for the longest time. Pl come back soon,my dear friend.
This shot is very sharp and the details are spot on.

Maravilloso insecto que nunca había visto. Interesantes colores. No puedo ayudarte con la id.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-07-25 22:18]

Hi, dear friend.
I am impressed with beautifulness of the fly and its picture. Its eyes are fantastic, similarity of coloration of the fly and ground is impressive too. You managed to reflected all tiniest details of the fly. Well done.

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