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Eristalis on Dandelion

Eristalis on Dandelion
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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: 2005-11-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon IXUS 400, Canon 36-108mm équiv
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-11-12 8:22
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
This Hoverfly was feeding on a Dandelion the 6 November, incredible, instead of snow here there is an Indian summer and some flowers bloom !
Scientific name : Eristalis tenax (or may be pertinax) – Order : Diptera – Family : Syrphidae.
Description : Eristalis tenax is one of the larger hoverflies (family Syrphidae). Hoverflies are classic Batesian mimics, harmless but closely resembling bees or wasps (order Hymenoptera), and Eristalis is one that closely resembles the Honey Bee, Apis mellifera, not only in appearance but also in behaviour as it visits flowers. However, as a true fly it has just a single pair of wings, the hind wings having been modified into the tiny, drumstick-like halteres, which provide balance in flight. The males commonly hover in woodland clearings, aggressively defending small territories.
The larva of Eristalis and related genera is the "rat-tailed maggot" so called because it has a long, rear, tail-like, extendable breathing-tube, enabling it to live submerged in organically polluted, deoxygenated aquatic sediments.
Photo : Slightly cropped and framed in 800x600 for TN. Camera : Canon IXUS400. Iso 100. No flash. Handheld.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-12 8:29]

Hello Christian!
Perfect close up.Vivid colors,POV,lighting,framing,clear details,sharpness and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Good detail, nice macro work.


Hi Christian,
this is such a beautiful hoverfly. The wings are phantastic, glittering in the light.
It's sitting on such a pretty flower, the colours give me such a good spirit, like looking in the sun. I also have seen several hoverflies today, unbeleavable in November, I was very happy. Thanks for your shot, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Yes this is pretty much perfect in every aspect...
Well done...

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-11-12 10:29]

Hi Christian!
This specie of drone flies is most immune for low temperatures - I saw few of them not long time ago. Beautifull yellow colour of Dandelion - it remainds me spring time. Detailed and sunny shot!

Superb details in this lovely shot, Christian.

The dandelion's yellow flower is perfect, details are sharp throughout, and lighting, POV, and composition are great.

How I will miss summer...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful image.

Very nice macro Christian, I think the POV on this is nicely done. Paul :)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-11-12 13:49]

Christian, a colorful and great macro.

Vivid shades, great composition, pov and sharpness. I like bg too.


Very good detail Christian. Great color from this yellow flower..That's "Flower Power"!!!
Well done my friend. Thank You.

Hello Christian.
I think you have wednesday snow. :-( This year we have in europe a great autumn.
As usual a great macro Christian. Colourfull with very good sharpness and very good details. Very good job. WEll done. Thanks.

Nice hoverfly macro Christian.
You poor thing...dandelions bloom all year around here.
Our spring,summer,autumn and winter are all warm.
Sorry to make you jealous ;)))

Hi Christian,
Stunning macro with super fine detail. Beautiful colors. Sorry fr the short note, on a road trip to Florida. Currently working off my laptop somewhere in N. Florida.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-11-13 2:46]

Hi Christian,
very good macro, nice insect. I like the colours and sharpness. Interesting note. Very well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

Hi Christian.
This is a reminder of the summer.
Well composed, nice colours and good details.
Very well done, my friend.

Comme toujours une référence en terme de photos, faire un commentaire serait pour moi comme te faire insulte. Parfait et surtout continue à nous émerveiller. Merci.

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-11-13 13:01]

Hi Christian
beautiful shot
perfect details and colors
well done

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-11-13 13:51]

Salut Christian
Des très beaux détails et une superbe netteté, belle composition
@+ Toni

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-11-13 16:13]

Hello Christian, very nice shot of this hoverfly. The colours are great and it's a very nice composition.

Very well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-11-15 2:24]
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Wonderful picture Christian. Great colors and good, sharp details. Well composed and good exposure. The note is very nice aswell. Well done & TFS!


Ps-Hows the Home Improvement going? :)

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  • berek (0)
  • [2005-11-16 5:29]

Hi Christian!

Very nice close up.POV,colors,framing and composition are also wonderful.Thanks for your sharing.

A beautifully detailed shot Christian, excellent colours, composition and background.
Good note too.
Thanks for sharing.

Hello Christian! Perfect details on flowers and on the fly! The reflections add life to the scene.

Hello Christian
We have had a very late fall as well. Our first frost tonight. The hoverfly looks very much like a honey bee with beautiful transparent wings.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-11-20 3:54]

Christian bonjour, je suis de retour!! Par ces grands froids cette macro rechauffe le coeur!! Joli piqué et belle composition. Vivement le printemps. Bon dimanche, Didier.

Hi Christian

Wow... great shot. Nice low POV. Very good light showing crisp, clear sharp details. Nice depth of colour and perfectly composed. Nice work. Thanks.

Amazing shot!!!

Very very beautiful!!


It's pertinax for sure. No hairlines on the eyes (tenax) and yellow front tars

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