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Episyrphus balteatus

Episyrphus balteatus
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Copyright: Nikos Nikolaou (nikosrio) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 829] (4846)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Nikkor Af-S micro 105mm VR f/2.8G IF ED
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-01 9:22
Viewed: 3242
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Episyrphus balteatus, sometimes called the marmalade hoverfly, is a relatively small hoverfly (912 mm) of the Syrphidae family, widespread throughout all continents. Like most other hoverflies it mimics a much more dangerous insect, the solitary wasp, though it is a quite harmless species. The upper side of the abdomen is patterned with orange and black bands. Two further identification characters are the presence of secondary black bands on the 3rd and 4th dorsal plates and of faint greyish longitudinal stripes on the thorax.

E. balteatus can be found throughout the year in various habitats, including urban gardens, visiting flowers for pollen and nectar. They often form dense migratory swarms, which may cause panic among people for its resemblance to wasps. It is among the very few species of flies capable of crushing pollen grains and feeding on them. The larva is terrestrial and feeds on aphids.

As in most other hoverflies, males can be easily identified by their holoptic eyes, i.e., left and right compound eyes touching at the top of the head.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-05-01 9:37]

Hello Nikos,
Excellent macro.Sharp image with great details and very nice green background.Colors and light are excellent.Best regards,Siggi

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2011-05-01 10:09]

Wow, very good closeup Nikos. Great colours and BG.

Ciao Nikos, great macro of lovely hoverfly, fine details, fantastic colors, beautiful lighting BG and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-05-01 11:14]

It's impossible to comment a fantastic perfection like that! Just my greats compliments,impossible to make better! Thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano.

Hi Nikos,

What a superb image of this unique Fly, awesome sharpness with great detail,
Spectacular picture and the image speaks for its self,
Congratulations Nikos,
Best Regards,


Hello Nikos,
What a great capture! The details, sharpness, colours, composition, POV and BG are excellent. Well done!

Ciao Nikos. Oustantding! For superb chromatic results and impressive details against the blurred BG.


Hallo Nikos,
a superb macro shot of Episyrphus balteatus, impressive details, marvellous colours, excellent point of view in a very nice composition with a fantastic green background
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-05-01 12:27]

Hello Nikos,
This is a superb macro!
The lighting, colours and clean natural BG contribute to an excellent capture of Episyrphus balteatus as seen from a lateral POV.
Thanks andkind regards,

hello Nikos
this is a beauty!!
great sharpness and good details
the colours are beautiful
greeting lou

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  • duymy Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 35] (488)
  • [2011-05-01 18:25]

Hello Nikos,
Great shot with excellent sharpness and details, very nice green BG. Colors and light are fantastic. TFS. Best regards.

Φανταστική φωτογραφία Νίκο!!
Η σύνθεση, τα χρώματα, το φόντο, και ή ευκρίνεια είναι εξαιρετικά.
Καλή σου μέρα

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-05-02 8:23]

Hello Nikos,
Perfect sharpness for this hoverfly picture. Love the fine color-contrast too. Composition is a little bit controversial with the space left behind the hoverfly. But for me it doesn't really matter.
Kind regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-05-03 18:27]

Hello Nikos,
All I can say is you can't get any better the this!!! Love everything about this attractive image. The detail is exceptional, the exposure is right on the money and the colors are awesome. Who would ever think a fly could be so beautiful? Great work!!

Σούπερ μάκρο φωτό Νίκο!
καλή σου μέρα!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-04 8:04]

Hello Nikos,
What a fantastic photo! The contrasting colours are splendid and the sharpness is marvelous. Very good POV, composition and blurred BG.

perfect focus for this small syrfide,
congratulations for the picture Nikos !

have a nice eevening!

ciao, tino

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