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Ferdinandea cuprea

Ferdinandea cuprea
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hoverflies (Syrphidae) of Belgium, Syrphidae (Hover flies) of Europe-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-18 13:31
Viewed: 3420
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
With its golden body, it is one of the most beautiful Syrphid. It is not a common species. New in my collection of Hoverflies of Belgium.

Ferdinandea cuprea Scopoli, 1763 ♀
Family : Syrphidae
Common names : Syrphide dorée [Fr], Gemeine Goldschwebfliege [De]

This species is about 9-13mm length. It can be distinguished by the brown-lined crossvein in the wings and shiny gold green, hairy abdomen. It has also on the mesonotum four light grey stripes. The eyes are covered with dense bright hair.
It flies in two generations from about May to August.
It is found in woodland. The larvae live on wounded trees, in tree holes, humus and on decaying wood.
Distribution: Europe, North Africa, Siberia, Asia until Japan.


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To rousettus: Thanks!CatherineD 1 08-19 12:17
To Gert-Paassen: I'm sorry...CatherineD 1 08-19 12:10
To boreocypriensis: Thanks dear!CatherineD 1 08-18 13:46
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Ahhh my dear:)

A fly from you:) But expertly taken in every way.
After few minutes i am starting to trip! :)
Take care!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-18 13:43]

Hello Catherine,
Very beautiful photo in splendid clear colours, fantastic sharp details and a very good POV, DOF and composition.

Hello Catherine,
very nice and clean this image. Details and sharpness to the highest quality. Compliments Paolo

Hello Catherine
what a great macro shot with superb colors and great sharp details. light using, POV/DOF and composition wonderful as like frame. I used for a long time 40D and 100mm of Canon. But yours quality great. I think single difference on equipment was using of a tripod. Is it is a professional tripod?
great work indeed. thanks for sharing, have a good night

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-08-18 21:22]

Hi Catherine,

Splendid photo, great sharpness, details and colors of this rare Fly, TFS!

Hi Catherine,

You have an impressive collection flies/hooverflies.
This one also very good macro with exellent sharpness and details.
Today my last hollyday in maastricht and one more time the ST. Pietersberg.
A pity we don't meet each other in my 5 weeks of staying here.

Fine colours.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-18 22:43]

Hello Catherine,
Congratulations on this superb macro of this species of Hoverfly, Ferdinandea cuprea, that is found in Sweden but one I have yet to see.
The POV is great, taken with fine sharpness, colours and DOF and excellent contrast with the leaf BG.
Well done my friend,
Thanks and Cheers,

Ciao Catherine, really a beauitiful hoverly, excellent sharpness and fine details, good natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Catherine,
thanks for commenting my Ferdinandea, this gives me the occasion to discover your presentation of the same species and to realize that you have a truly important collection of Syrphids in your "book". You may have noticed that many of your Syrphid shots got a while ago into my theme "Syrphids of Europe", part 1 or 2. I added the nice Ferdinandea portrait gladly, yours is particularly helpful for ID purposes.
Have a nice day, Dietrich

Hi Catherine,
A nice capture of this beautiful hoverfly. Very good sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-08-19 5:51]


You manage to select you objects in a way that give a "clean" picture with few distractions. The details and colors of the fly are outstanding.

Well done!


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-19 6:12]

Lovely species of hover fly in good composition and simple background. tfs.

hello Catherine
beautiful coloured fly with good light and great sharpness
i like this pose on the green leave
great shot
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-19 12:48]

Hello Catherine,
Very nice macro of thisFerdinandea cuprea.
It's very close and well detailed.
POV,sharpness and exposure are also excellent.
Thanks for posting.Best regards Siggi

Hello Catherine,
Excellent image with sharp details, natural colors, great POV and composition. Well done!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-08-19 15:04]

Salut Catherine,c'est une capture simplement parfaite! Une prise de vue tres bien choisie et une qualite' des details,couleurs et focus au top! Mes compliments et bonne journee',Luciano

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