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Helophilus trivittatus

Helophilus trivittatus
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Copyright: marie christine guegan (mariki) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Samsung digimax D103
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/350 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Syrphidae, Syrphidae (Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-30 1:51
Viewed: 4227
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Helophilus trivittatus, female

Dutch name: Citroenpendelzweefvlieg
French name: Hélophile à bandes grises

This species is not always obvious to identify with the help of the abdomen markings.

We can easily tell this species apart from the other flies belonging to this genus: they have no black facial stripe, but rather a yellow one.

In this genus, separation of the eyes is not an indication of the gender, both male and female have separate eyes. In male, the space between the eyes is shorter and from a top view the edges of the eyes are parallel. In female, the edges are divergent. I added a picture of a male in the WS for comparison.

cypturk, siggi, zulfu, JORAPAVI, anel, Dis. Ac., xTauruSx, boreocypriensis, Adanac, jpdenk, bahadir, izler, maurydv, ramthakur, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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Hello Marie Christine, excellent macro of this fly. Perfect composition. Very beautiful natural colours.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-30 2:14]

Hello Marie,
A nice capture of this beautiful Hover fly. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Regards Siggi

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-10-30 2:20]

Hello Marie, a perfect macro shot of this female fly. Great details on the eyes. TFS and G's,

Hola Marie,
Excelente macro de este pequeña mosca, fantástica la luz y nitidez conseguida, bonita composición, saludos
José Ramón

Hi Marie,
Excellent close-up capture of this beautiful Hoverfly. Nice POV, DOF and composition, sharp interesting details and bright colours.

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-10-30 4:49]

Hello Marie,
wonderful capture of this Hoverfly. Frontal POV has maximum details in focus. Soft white of the petals are looking good.
Thanks for sharing

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-30 6:07]

Bonjour Marie Christine,
Image très fine et artistique de ce syrphe, dont on voit rarement la partie frontale, comme tu nous la montres pour nous expliquer la différence entre mâle et femelle. Vraiment intéressant! Un grand merci donc.
Bonne journée

Hello Mariki, superb close up shot of a fly. Composition and details wonderful.
TFS and regards, Deniz

Hello Marie, What a superb and immaculate macro. The details, POV and focuss perfect my friend!
TFS and cheers,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-30 15:33]

Salut Marie,une tres belle photo! Le point de vue differente montre nous a la perfection les yeux et le visage,les details sont vraiment exceptionels!!Mes compliments encore une fois pour l'identification..ehehe...bonne journee',Luciano

This is one awesome macro...very well presented!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-30 18:33]

Hello Marie,
What a beautiful composition with great sharpness and nice natural colors. Thank you for sharing your fine work Marie.

Hello Marie Christine

A wonderful POV for this shot,the eyes are amazing.
Excellent tack sharp focus with sharp detail.
The colours and lighting are very good.
Well done.


Good detail, composition and POV. The exposure on the whites is well-handled considering the hard lighting. Well done.

Hi Mariki,

An excellent composition, makes for a good portrait of this little fly.


Hello Mariki,excellent close-up with very nice details and composition.
TFS and regards,

Hi Mariki, lovely hoverfly with wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-11-01 14:24]

merhaba marie
interesting species and wonderful macro
i like composition, POV, sharpness and informative note

Ciao Marie Christine,
molte belle entrambe le immagini, eccellenti POV frontale e composizione con la prospettiva diagonale, ottima la definizione, bellissimi e luminosi i colori.

Fanastic close-up shot of the Fly sitting on a white flowers, Marie. Couldn't think of a better contrast between the subject and its perch.
The focus is spot-on on the eyes and thorax. Those vertical lines on the thorax are the most distinct feature of this Fly.
Well done and TFS.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-03 10:33]

Hi Marie.
It is very nice portrait of a cute hoverfly. I like its pose and your POV. Details of the flowers and tender colour tones of the petals are amazing as well as scene at whole. Excellent close-up. My best wishes.

Hello Marie,

Good composition from this insect.
nice pose of the hooverfly eand grat of details.


Impresionante panorámica del insecto Marie. Al excelente enfoque habría que añadirle el buen control de la luz conseguido. Buen encuadre y oportunidad de la captura al capturar al insecto libando con toda clase de detalles.
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

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