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Hoverfly on Poppy

Hoverfly on Poppy
Photo Information
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: 2011-03-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-20 4:42
Viewed: 3020
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I shot this very small Hoverfly today morning. Though it looks like a Marmalade Hoverfly, I can't be very sure.
Here is a bit of more info on Hoverflies from Wikipedia:

Distribution and Habitat

Hoverflies are a cosmopolitan family found in most biomes excluding deserts and the tundra at extremely low latitudes, in Antarctica. Certain species are more common in certain areas than others; for example, the American hoverfly, Eupeodes americanus, is common in the Nearctic ecozone, and the Common hoverfly, Melangyna viridiceps, is common in the Australasia ecozone. There are about 6,000 species and 200 genera in the family.

Larvae of hoverflies are often found in stagnant water. Adults are often found near plants, their principal food source being nectar and pollen. Some species are found in more unusual locations; for example, members of the genus Volucella can be found in bumblebee nests, while members of Microdon are myrmecophiles, found in ant or termite nests. Others can be found in decomposing vegetation.


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Ciao Ram, lovely hoverfly on a beautiful poppy, fantastic colorse, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

A beautiful macro-capture with best possible background Ram, you really are a man of elegance my friend...

Hello Ram,
Very beautiful indeed and very well presented.

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Very cool composed macro, beautiful colors.

Hi Ram - a great shot. great sharpness with superb details. the BG has made the pic come alive. tfs

hello Ram
very nice composition with good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Ciao Ram. Very good taken with beuatiful natural colours and intrigant playing of light. Excellente detaisl and sharp.


Hi Sir,

Nice picture of this howerfly.
Perfect POV & great composition. Is it flower or fruit? I think you forgot to write about that.
Well done & TFS.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-03-20 12:21]

Hello Ram.
A pleasing composition, I like it. Excellent exposure, color, DOF, POV, and nice details.
Well done.Best regards Siggi

love the shot with the opening poppy

nice colors, great focus


Hello Ram,
Exallant picture.
Very good macro.
Have a good day.

This is really an elegant picture with in every aspect. Love to see your capture.

Hallo Ram
Incredible sharpness obtained here. Details are seen with great clarity, especially the shine on the wings and body. A great macro, favourable composition and pretty colours. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-03-21 6:00]

Hello Ram,
Very beautiful colors again! Lovely innsect picture, the chance of the photograpoher that it posed on this poppy which was just starting to open. Very charming, indeed.
Kind regards and have a nice week

Beautiful photo Ram! The composition is excellent and the colours are fantastic.

Hallo Ram,
a superb macro shot of this Hoverfly on Poppy, very beautiful colours and very good sharpness, very well done
Best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-03-23 3:58]

Hello Ram,
what a stunning composition. The sharpness and clarity is first class. The hairs of the poppy fruit is so fabulous, as well as the clarity of the fly colours and stripes.
Well presented in exciting colour contrast.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-03-23 4:05]

Hello Ram,
Excellent photo of this hoverfly on a poppy in beautiful colours and very good sharpness. Nice contrasting BG.

Hello Ram,

I think it is the touch of red that makes this image, a real eye-catcher contrasting all the green!
A well balanced composition with great macro qualities, sharp fine details in elements of interest enhanced by a blurry background...

Pablo -

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