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Copyright: jitti coowanitwong (jcoowanitwong) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1679 W: 0 N: 3120] (13754)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon s3 is
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Best of TN by Glem [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-24 10:22
Viewed: 5129
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 62
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With bright sun and bold crop, I have this picture to share. This hoverfly is resting on sunflower petal.

From Wikipedia:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Super family: Syrphoidea
Family: Syrphidae (Hover fly)(แมลงวันดอกไม้)
Genus: Eristalinus

Syrphidae are commonly known as hoverflies, flower flies, or Syrphid flies. A common name for this particular hoverfly is Drone Fly.

As their common names suggest, they are often seen hovering or nectaring at flowers; the adults 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, and so aphid-feeding hover-flies are being recognised as important natural enemies of pests, and potential agents for use in biological control. Adult syrphid flies are important pollinators.

Many Syrphids mimic bees or wasps in appearance. It is thought that this mimicry protects hover flies from falling prey to birds and other insectivores which avoid eating true wasps because of their sting. However a flower fly and a wasp can be distinguished by counting the wings: the flies have two wings, and the wasps and bees have four. They can also be distinguished by simply looking at the head: if it looks like a fly's head, then it is likely a fly. Hover flies get their name from their characteristic flight pattern of hovering nearly still, then darting a short distance very rapidly only to start hovering again, a pattern not seen in the wasps and bees they mimic.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-24 10:25]

Hola Jitti,
perfecta nitidez,
una macro sensacional,

Hello Jitti!
Simply fantastic picture! Great details, amazing colours and DOF! I like this picture a lot :)
Best withes,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-24 10:36]

Hi Jitti,

Amazing! The details are so sharp!! Fantastic colors - hard to believe this is just a fly.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-24 10:45]

Hello Jitti,
I agree that this is a Hoverfly or a species closely related to them. The pollen showing on its legs inthis sharp shot also suggests that like hoverflies, it seeks flowers.
great macro: sharp, well composed and with excellent bokeh BG
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-24 10:53]

selam jitty; very nice and so close up capture right moment of this hoverfly. very nice eye contact, good POV anf BG with nice colours TFS

Hi Jitti,
well composed macro, nice DOF and really love the detailed shot of its legs and eyes, it is ''just a fly'' which is turn into something so beautiful, hope I could make picture like this

Hello Jitti
Excellent shot of this Hoverfly,
Fantastic colors and compo,
Great BG and POV,Superb shot.


Hi Jitti.
Amazing macro. High quality shot. Technically perfect picture. Excellent coloured presentation. Very well done. tfs. Stev

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-24 11:08]

Hi Jitti,
What a beautiful hoverfly! Outstanding pov, approach, background, exposure and composition.
TFS, José M.

Great detail. Nice colour. I like your composition of the colour.

HI jitti,
this is the best shot i have sen on TN of a hoverfly.And the most admiring thing is it has been taken with a S3 IS.Very good use of DOF. Have you used Superfinemode?
Great details. Wel saturated colors. Really an amazing shot


Hi Jitti,
I wish we have this kind of hoverflies with this big eyes.
The details and DOF are great, the entire HF is in focus and
the BG nicely blurred. Lovely colours, well composed and good POV.
Very well done.

Hi Jitti,
Now that's what I call a fantastic macro! Great colors, and most importantly super-duper sharpness with a really nice DOF. :)

Hi, Jitti.
This is really superb. I don't have time to review all your photos, but this one is surely among your best, if not the best. Everything here is excellent.

I also believe it is a Hoverfly, JC, because I have shot quite a few recently and the features are quite similar though this seems like a different species altogether.
Excellent macro with fine focus, rich colours and a well-suited BG.

Hi Jitti,
these eyes are the highlight - I love the spots in them so much. An interesting and beautiful fly, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-04-24 14:48]

Hello Jitti,
this is a professional picture. Very good focus and sharpness to show the the impressive colours and structures of the fly. Composition, point of view, colours and light are perfect.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-04-24 15:16]

hi Jitti,
une des plus belles macro que j'ai vu à ce jour, elle est impressionnante. Parfaite maîtrise des différents paramêtres.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-24 16:12]

Hi Jitti,
incredible shot, the details are incredible. Great DOF and the colors are superp. Composition and sharpness right on.

Hi jitti,
This is an amazing macro! Top quality in the detail department. Colors are vibrant and rich and the hover stands out nicely from your very nice OOF bg. Superb shot.


Hi Jitti,
Stunning capture of this insect!
Details seen are so impressive, very clear and sharp.
Great the colour contrast made with the yellow and the green at the background.
I really like the POV and the crop you made to fill the frame.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Excellent macro Jitti
Amazing eyes
Great DOF and background
Well composed, good POV
A great exposure

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-04-25 8:19]

Hi Jitti.
This is superb macro with great sharp details.Colors and light are amazing.I like this composition with nice pose on flower and pretty blurry green BG.Well done!
Thanks,with greeting Milos.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-04-25 9:56]

WOW! Extraordinary precision in this shot! What a marvellous sharpness and great details, like the grains of polen on its legs. The eyes of this hoverfly are really stunning and beautiful. I like it very much.
Great sharpness, exposure, DOF, POV and composition.
Congratulations, dear Jitti. You did a great one again.
My compliments and TFS.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-25 22:15]

Hello Jitti

Wow...super sharp image.Very high quality.The DOF and POV are excellent.Wonderful OOF BG and razor sharp focus.Superb.TFS


Whoaaa Jitti,
This is a close up! I'm amazed by those details you caught, this perfect composition and beautiful colors. This is so sharp with very good DOF. Well done and TFS,

sorry, no idea what it is, jitti, but the macro-shot is awesome! :-)
wonderful composition with the fly sitting on the sunflower petal with perfect sharpness and amazing details like the eyes.
well doen & take care, thor.

Don't know what it is. Actually I do know: it is a beautiful and colourful macro with a lot of sharpness and detail and an excellent depth of field.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-27 8:28]

Hi Jitti and really sorry for the delay.
I've been mostly out in the fild these past couple of days searching for some new animals :)

This is a phenomenal shot! The eyes of this interesting hoverfly are just amazing! The details you managed to get on them and the magnification level are exceptional!
Also all the colors and tones are great and the exposure is spot-on!

Bravo and TFS

Hola Jitti,
Excelente toma, la luz, nitidez, detalles y punto de vista es excelente. Saludos
José Ramón

Hi Jitti.
My congratulations. You have created a true masterpiece. BRAVO. Everything at your amazing picture is perfect. Fantastic BG, wonderful rich and bright colours, razor sharpness of the fly and petal, fine and impressive light, excellent scene at whole. Super. BRAVO once more.

P.S. Dear Jitti. If I am not mistaken this is my 100th comment to your pictures. I did not write so much to anybody. It means that I took pleasure from your wonderful pictures at least hundred times. Thanks a lot, my friend and heart congratulations.

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