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Copyright: kapil koltharkar (kapildk) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 181 W: 32 N: 502] (3197)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon coolpix L110
Exposure: f/4.7
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-18 10:13
Viewed: 3155
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bombyliidae is a large family of flies with hundreds of genera, although their life cycles are not well known. Adults generally feed on nectar and pollen, thus are pollinators of flowers. They superficially resemble bees, thus are commonly called bee flies, and this may offer the adults some protection from predators.

The larval stages are predators or parasitoids of other insect eggs and larvae. The adult females usually deposit eggs in the vicinity of possible hosts, quite often in the burrows of beetles or wasps/solitary bees. Where most often in the insect world parasitoids are highly specific in the host species that they will infect, some bombyliids are opportunistic and will use a variety of hosts.

While bombyliids have a great variety of species, rarely are individuals of any one species abundant, and this is perhaps one of the poorest known families of insects relative to its size. There are at least 4,500 described species, and probably thousands as of yet undescribed.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Brachycera
Infraorder: Asilomorpha
Superfamily: Asiloidea
Family: Bombyliidae

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-18 10:37]

Hello Kapil.
Very good picture with superb sharpness and high resolution of details. A really great presentation of this insect species. Besides the high technical quality the general composition is also pretty good.Best regards Siggi

hello Kapil
i like this fly with great details nice pose and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-18 11:18]

Hi Kapil,how is nice this bombus,never seen before! I like a lot the wings position,and the excellent sharpness in a not easy light,very very interesting.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-10-18 11:27]

Hi Kapil.
Funny scene, very attractive insect and very good quality of the image. Exposure and reproduction of dark colours are precise and BG is nicely smoothed and pleasant. Best wishes and TFS.

Hello Kapil,
Another interesting species.
A very nice image with perfect focus and lovely colors.
Exceptional clarity and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Kapil, great macro of beautiful fly, fine details, beautiful blurry BG, excellent sharpness, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hallo Kapil,
a very beautiful macro of this Bombyliidae, fine details and fantastic colours, very good point of view and depth of field, nice composition
Best regards

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-18 14:13]

Hello Kapil,
very beautiful image of this Bombyliidae in a perfect position!
Excellent sharpness, detail and brightness. Nice contrast with the background.Well done.
Thanks for sharing

Muchas gracias por tus amables comentarios Kapil.
Veo que eres un aamante del macro y de los insectos... nos parecemos.

Bonito trabajo el de tu díptero y una especie desconocida para mí.
Buen encuadre, enfoque y colores. Lástima que doblara el abdomen !

Saludos desde España: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Kapil.
Nice macro shot. Very good point of view. Amazing colours and composition.
Have a nice day,

Hello Kapil
Interesting fly and beautiful photo with good composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-18 22:29]

Bonjour Kapil,
Une jolie mouche dans son environnement. De jolies couleurs et une grande netteté.

A very beautiful fly, excellent detail, nice background and colours. regards yiannis

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-10-19 2:45]

Hello Kapil,
a real nice composition of the bee in its beauty.A good diagonal composition of the branches and good blurry background.
The nice wings in good black and white.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-10-19 4:40]

Hello Kapil,
An interesting Bombyliidae with its partially black wings and the black abdomen too. We have also some species looking quite similar (Hemipenthes morio), but I think that they are not exactly the same as the one you show here. You could have eventually shown the fly a little closer.
Kind regards

Hello Kapil,
fine capture of this interesting insect with nice sharpness and beautiful colours. I especially like the patterns on the wings.
Best wishes,

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