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Volucella pellucens

Volucella pellucens
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Copyright: Christian POURRE (TAZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd, 28-300mm f2.8-4.9 built-in
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-02 1:59
Viewed: 5621
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
English name : Hover-fly – Scientific name : Volucella pellucens - Family : Syrphidae
Description : Volucella pellucens is a hover-fly. It occurs in much of Europe, and across Asia to Japan.
It is about 15-16 mm in length with a broad body. It is mainly black, but the front part of the abdomen has a broad yellow band, giving it the appearance of a bee or wasp. The two wings are transparent, as with most flies, but the leading edge is amber, and there is a brown patch on each wing.
The mimicry of bees or wasps in shape and colouration is shown by other hover-flies, and it thought that this protects against falling prey to birds and other insectivores which avoid eating true wasps because of their sting. However the difference between hover-flies and wasps or bees is that the hover-flies have two wings, and the Hymenoptera species have four.
The adult Volucella pellucens is usually found in woodland, but will enter gardens. It lives on nectar and pollen, as with most hover-flies, and visits flowers from May to October, showing a distinct preference for bramble. It typically flies at head height.
Photo info : Picture taken an afternoon in a forest under a grey/rainy sky, you can notice few raindrops on leaf... Photo only resized and framed for TN and my website.
Technique : FUJIFILM FinePix S6500 - Mode A - Auto focus - Aperture f3.7 - Shutter speed 1/50s - Iso 200 - White balance : cloudy - Metering mode : matrix - Flash not fired - Focal 90mm equiv - File JPG fine - Handheld.
Note for TN Friends : Sorry, I was a bit rare on TN because of worries. I try a come back with you...

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Bonjour Christian,

Il s'agit de Volucella pellucens, femelle, appartenant à la famille des syrphes, Syrphidae. Très bonne exposition malgré le temps gris. Excellente netteté. Bonnes couleurs naturelles.
Bonne journée,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-10-02 2:54]

Hello Christian,
you achieved admirable sharpness at least at the frontal parts of the fly. The eyes look
amazing. Beautiful natural colours and a well composed picture, too.
Best wishes, Peter

Hola Christian, buen macro, atractiva composición, buena exposición, tonos de color naturales, con buena definición. Un saludo

Hallo Christian
I am very pressed for time but I could not pass this perfectly clear and beautiful image. Details are amazingly bright and the big brown eyes is really a great eye-catcher. I cannot find fault in your overall presentation. It was indeed a pleasure looking at this fly. Trust that your worries that kept you from the site is now in the past and that you will spoil us with more beautiful images to come.
Kind regards

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-10-02 9:15]

very sharp image and large DOF.
thanks for sharing such a beauty.

Hola Christian,
una foto interesante. La luz , ténue, pero efectiva, creando un ambiente especial, real y sobre todo de gran naturalidad. Había visto esta especie en alguna ocasión, pero solamente en fotografía. Un bello trabajo.
Salutations de la Catalogne :-)

Josep Ignasi Tejedor

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-02 14:47]

Hello Christian,
really good to see another post from you... I hope you will add more photos in the close future.
Very, very good macro of this Volucella Pellucens.
The soft-light has conserved every little detail.
Really sharp with great clarity.
Excellent composition.

Well done,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-10-05 1:56]

Hello Taz
Nice shot of the hoverfly. Good sharpness and the details show up well.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-10-06 0:27]

Hi Christian

Bzzzzz, it's nice to see one from you again my friend. I sincerely hope your worries will turn into laughter and joyful happiness.

Another lovely macro from your lens. The beauty of this little hoverfly is well presented by this image. Sharp details in the region of the face and the thorax gives one an excellent view of the finer intricacies of the design of this insect. Natural colours and good lighting makes it pleasing on the eye.

Well done MF and TFS.

PS. By the way (or as you perhaps already know), we will be leaving early tomorrow morning for our holiday. Of course we are going to the Kruger Park…where else? Take care and see you in 2½ weeks.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-18 23:15]

Hi Christian.
Despite I am too late I wish to comment this amazing but missed by me shot. First of all I like very impressive scene created by beautiful leaf, attractive water drops and beautiful hoverfly. I also like wonderful diagonal composition and impressive a bit upper POV. It is clear the details and sharpness are amazing and soft lighting is very pleasant and nice. Bravo. Perfect shot. My best wishes. I hope all is OK at you.

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