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Copyright: Leon Trippaers (letr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 50 N: 47] (130)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Close up ring 55mm, UV
Exposure: f/2.1, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hoverflies, Syrphidae (Hover flies) of Europe-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-15 18:54
Viewed: 5179
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These large and broad hoverflies are encountered in deciduous forests and their edges, where the males hover at several meters height. V. zonaria is associated with urban regions in the Netherlands, with many sightings on Budleja in gardens. It is a strongly migratory species, which probably yearly establishes populations north of the range where it is able to hibernate. V. elegans is an Iberic and Corsican species and can be abundant in mediterranean oak forests. Adults of Volucella forage on umbelliferae and several flowering scrubs (e.g. Crataegus, Ligustrum). They are also detected sunning on leaves.
The larvae live in nests of bumble bees and social wasps, where they are detritivores and larval predators. The exception is probably V. inflata, whose larvae appear to be inhabitants of insect-workings in which sap and insect faeces/tree humus provide a sub-aqueous mix (Speight, 2000).


Volucella contains large, broad bodied hoverflies. The face is extended downwards. The arista is densely feathered.
Gert posted one off the same specie today..this one also was very big at least 3cm , could be 4 cm .. the flowers are 3mm big so this is a measure for size..turned the pic 180° for better view..

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Volgens mij is het een Hoverfly Leon,
Hele mooie compositie, goede kleuren, goede dof, erg goede foto, very good photo, good job you did here.

Very good Leon.
It's the same as mine.
Nice color , good DOF and nice composition.
Well done

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-16 5:04]

Nice pciture Leon, I don't know if this is the same fly as Gert's but this one looks to me like Volucella zonaria - they can have a wingspan of up to 45 mm!

You did well in the circumstances, with the fly being in the shade and the white flowers in the sun. Nicecomposition.

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super jeu de lumiere...magnique macro bien nette, le détail de l'inscete est bien rendu...les couleurs sont tres belles ...bel effet ce flou en arriere plan...bravo ...amicalement BI

It is strange to see these 4cm flies. Very interesting. The compo is good in the photo. A bit dark on top of thorax, but still a nice capture. Thanx for sharing.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-16 6:46]

Wow... bellos detalles en esta captura Leon.
Muy buena nitidez, sobre todo el insecto.
Atinados colores y profundidad.
La perspectiva y el encuadre (pese a ser pequeño), son excelentes.

Wow... beautiful details in this capture Leon.
Very good clearness, mainly the insect.
Accurate colors and depth.
The perspective and the frame (in spite of being small), are excellent.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-16 13:50]

I like the pose here, and the overexposed white flowers below it makes it appearlike it is floating on air, a nice affect.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-16 14:57]

I sat here measuring off 3cm - damn this is a big fly! You did a wonderful job of capturing this - The DOF and color is excellen. Well taken

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-16 16:59]

A very nice capture.
Great composition and excellent colours with good sharp detail too.
I've only ever seen one of these big ones before and it was too quick for me on that occasion!
Very well done.

Hi dear Leon

A great gallery you creat here,congratulation!
and this shot: an dmirable in insects categories,Very neat,sharp with beautiful & real colors which very well contrasted,And also DOF perfeclly managed & result with a fine composition is great.
I like it,Leon!

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-09-29 14:34]

Nice shot, good composition with pleasant colours.
Perhaps a little too small, but I like it.
Well done.

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