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Myathropa florea

Myathropa florea
Photo Information
Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000, Raynox DCR 250 macro lens
Exposure: f/4, 1/280 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-17 8:46
Viewed: 3516
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 34
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Myathropa florea (hoverfly)
Hoverflies are two-winged flies which as adults generally feed on the nectar or pollen of flowers. They prefer sunny and still conditions and have remarkable powers of flight including their renowned hovering close to foodplants or patrolling their territories in shafts of sunlight.
Many are extremely attractive, combining black and yellow or orange coloration. Some are well known as imitators of wasps and bees but most are overlooked. The smallest are tiny black flies of less than 5 mm in length whilst the largest compete for size with bumble bees. None are able to bite or sting and the adults are useful pollinators whilst many larval forms predate aphid pests. Their larvae are extremely varied, some living in plant stems or in plant litter and others are aquatic. Only three species could be considered as harmful. These so-called 'bulb flies' as adults are completely harmless. However, the larvae live and feed in bulbs and corms.
Species recorded at Attenborough by Carr (1935), Hartley (1964), Benson (1986-1988) and B. Wetton (1987-2004) now number 113, making Attenborough Nature Reserve the best recorded site in Nottinghamshire. Britain as a whole has over 270 species.

phlr, lglandon, red45, Luc, carper, AndyB, marhowie, elihesam, dew77, Comandante has marked this note useful
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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-07-17 9:42]

How this insects can be preaty!
Very good details and sharpness!
5* photo!

Hi Heinz!
What a nice photo. Summer in every detail! Good shot!

vraiment impressionnant! felicitation, c'est parfait!

Very nice macro and composition.
Does real colors? looks like white is missing ?
TFS, Laurent

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-17 17:37]

Hi Heinz!
Fat fly today ;-) But also very colorfull and detailed. Great patterns on its back. TFS!

Very nice macro, Heinz.
Nice colours and good composition.
It's very sharp, maybe little too sharp.
Well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-17 22:52]

Hello Heinz!
Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Very strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.

very close one Heinz,
very good details, good in pov and very nice colours too, well done Heinz

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-18 2:51]

A very nice capture Heinz,
Good clear details,great colours and excellent composition.
Great work,well done.


Hello Heinz, Good macro. I like the wings. They are sharp and clear with the veins clearly seen..Your post processing is evident, not sure exactly what it's from..Good shot and TFS!

Hi, hoverfly´s are still an interesting object. Wonderful picture. Sharpness is exellent. Well done.

amazing lines graphically in its wings!
The balck and yellow drawing in tail is wonderful,oh!
This is resulted by your great capturing with excellent sharpness and details,nice for study with this useful note,and what a nice background with a perfect contrast for it!Heinz!
Best Regards
in a great way composed and I enjoy it,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-18 9:21]

Hello Heinz!
Very nice macro.Razor sharp details,vivid colors,POV and composition are excellent.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-07-18 10:34]

Very good macro, Heinz. I like the sharpness, colours and composition. good job.
Rgs, Aleksander

Hello Heinz!
Wonderul macro.Sharpness,details,colors and composition are great.Very well done!Thanks for sharing.

Hallo Heinz,
vielen Dank für den Tipp mit dieser genialen Totenkopfschwebfliege - für mich ein neuer Name, schön daß man hier so viel lernen kann.
Könnte schon hinkommen, leider kann ich mich nicht mehr soooo genau and den Rücken meiner Fliege erinnern. Muß erst nochmal das Archiv befragen ;-)
Danke und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hi heinz
la transparence des ailes est remarquable sur cette macro tres reussie avec une bonne netteté et de belles couleurs.

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