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Eristalinus taeniops/ Band-eyed Drone

Eristalinus taeniops/ Band-eyed Drone
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Copyright: Marcello Romano (marcellr) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 38 N: 1012] (3514)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, Raynox DCR 250 macro lens
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-28 7:04
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Eristalinus taeniops (Wiedemann 1818)

Eristalini tribe include moderate to large hoverflies, bee or bumble-bee like.
Eristalinus taeniops is very similar to the Honey bee in size and appearance (abdomen stripes) but lacks a sting and has its eyes with characteristical zig-zag stripes. Larva found in stagnant water. Resembles Drone fly (Eristalis tenax) but slightly smaller (13mm).
This species is common around the Mediterranean and is present also in the Afrotropical and Oriental regions.

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Hi Marcello,

Looks like spring really did arrive in Italy.
Overhere in the Netherlands we don't have these wonderful moments to photograph yet, but hopefully it will not take that long anymore.

Lovely macro you are showing us here.
Love the colors and clarity.
Excellent sharpness and exposure due to which the details are wonderfully visible.
Very wel done. TFS!!!

Best regards, Harry

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-28 7:37]

Hello Marcello,
I've never seen a Hoverfly in Sweden with such lovely stripes on the eyes! I expect its too cold here. It reminds me of one that Ram has posted earlier.
Brilliant capture showing very sharp details and all is nicely in focus. It looks really good inside the pretty flower. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Marcello,
very well done close-up of this hoverfly. The insect is captured perfectly sharp. You can even see the patterns on the wing. It's very interesting to see the eyes of an hoverfly this close. The stripes look great.
TFS Tatjana

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-28 8:32]

Eccezionale! Ma guarda i dettagli delle ali!! Sembrano quei vetri decorati che si vedono sulle porte antiche,e poi tutto il resto,il contorno del fiore,insomma sono sbalordito dalla tua bravura,una galleria di capolavori,grazie e ancora grazie per condividerle con noi,Luciano

Hi Marcello,
Fantastic macro picture. Sharp and crystal clear image. Excellent color clarity. Pleasant presentation. Very well done and tfs.

Hello Marcello,
Good sharpnees. Excellent depth of field in your macro.

Hello Marcello,

Splendid shot of this syrphid fly. Great sharpness. Wonderful detail. Excellent composition. Colours are superb too. Hope to be able to see one this year.

Buen recorte y un elegante trabajo (IMPRESIONANTE). Al igual que en tu toma anterior, me gusta la forma en que quedaron los colores. el enfoque y la profundidad muy conseguidos.

Fantástica macro en la que el insecto aparece como lo más grande, como si estuviera sólo, ya que los pétalos le aíslan.
Bellos colores y muy buena nitidez.
Saludos y perfecto trabajo. JL

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-03-28 11:23]

Great sharp and detail, wonderful color and composition. TFS

Ciao Marcello,
questa è indubbiamente una delle migliori macro che ci hai fatto vedere fino adesso. Realizzazione tecnica perfetta.
Io avrei messo l'insetto un po più a destra nella composizione.
Comunque la foto è bellissima.
In questi giorni mi sto dedicando anche io alla macrofotografia (ho già pubblicato qualcosa su TN) e finalmente con un ottica appositamente studiata. Se non ti dispiace ti chiederò qualche lume per l'identificazione.
Ciao e grazie.


What an absolutelt stunning shot. I like the way the white petals frame the intense clarity of the flie.


Ciao Marcello, macro perfetta in tutti i suoi dettagli, bellissimo l'occhio della sirfide, e nel fiore c'è tutto il sole della tua Sicilia, bravissimo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Marcello,
A nice capture of this beautiful and tiny hoverfly. Excellent sharp details and a fine composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-29 1:27]

Hola Marcello,
espectacular macro,
excelente definición y pov...
buenos detalles y color,

Hello Marcello,
Excellent picture of this Erisralinus. Beautiful composition. Great POV, DOF and sharpness. Very nice colours.
TFS and regards my friend,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-01 9:36]

Hi Marcello,
Outstanding shot with such amazing colours and sharp details. I like the way the hoverfly sits there at the cool comfort of the flower. Superb light and exposure management and the image is so pleasant to the eyes. The sheen on its wings and the gorgeous striped eye makes it look so beautiful. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Hi Marcello,
I think both of us are into Hoverflies these days :-).
There are plenty of them around and of different varieties. I have so many macros of them I don't know what to do with them.
Your Eristalinus with zig-zag marks on the eyes is captured very well. The focus is sharp and spot-on on the entire subject and the colours are very natural.
Thanks for sharing it and I would like to see some more from Italy.

Hi Marcello, this is a very excellent macro of this Syrphid. Some of these look so much like a bee or wasp, it becomes difficult (for me anyway) to distinguish them without seeing them in a shot like this. The detail in this shot of yours is extremely good with excellent colour seen on the fly and the flower. Your crop of the flower I think was a good choice in presenting to us what was important with the fly. Very nicely done.

Thanks, John

Hi Marcello, again,
I would like to see this interesting hoverfly once, and then achieve the stunning result in photography like you! It's masterfully composed, the very sharp fly had to be in the center, in the halo ofthe flower. The light is excellent!
Best regards

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