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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/7.4
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flies - Moscas - Mouches, FLY-MOUCHE, Insects (Insecta), Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-20 5:09
Viewed: 4317
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
It is raining in Lodz all day, so unfortunatelly there is no chance for field trip with camera :( And that is also the reason why I decided to look for something from my archieve :)

This picture was taken during my entomological studies in Spala, Spala Landscape Park, C Poland.

As far as I know, this is Mottled Bee-Fly - Thyridanthrax fenestratus (Fallén, 1814) (Diptera: Bombyliidae), the only species of this genus known from Poland.

And here are so basic facts about this unusual coloured species:

Distribution: N and C Europe

Habitat: sunny and sandy places, often on the edge of forests

Food: in adults - nectar, larvae are parasites on different Lepidoptera caterpillars

Size: some 8-11 mm

Thank you in advance for your time and visit!!! Have a nice weekend! :>

siggi, anel, Amadeo, Argus, iris, red45, horia, Juyona, flashpoint, boreocypriensis, jrobertop, cedryk, jignasi, meyerd, cataclysta, Dis. Ac., uleko, Maite has marked this note useful
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Hi Radek,
A nice capture of this beautiful bee fly. Sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-20 5:54]

Hello Radomir.
You have a fine macro shot of the fly. the detail is first class. with rich colours. a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.
Regards Siggi

Hello Radomir,
Perfect DOF and beautiful bee,TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-20 6:02]

Hello Radomir,
Excellent picture of this strange looking fly. The sharpness is just perfect, showing every single detail of the insect. In my region we have almost similar species, may be the black on the wings has slightely another shape. They also leave on dry and sunny places.
Un grand merci et bonne fin de semaine

Hola Radomir, excelente macro, buena definición y detalles.
Una agradable composición, con buena luz y color. Un saludo

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-20 7:35]

Hello Radomir,
A superb macro of this Bee-fly T. fenestratus, a species that I have never seen. The sharpness and contrast against the wet yellow flower is excellent, as is the dorsal POV.
An excellent shot and thanks for sharing it!

Greetings from a part of the world that I hope you visit next year!

Hello Radomir,

Great capture of this fly. Excellent focus and sharpness. Very good detail. Excellent exposure and colours. The composition with the wet yellow flower is very nice too.

Ciao Radomir, fantastic dark fly with splendid details and great sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-09-20 10:40]

Hello Radomir, Whne it comes to macro shots , i think you are easily opne of the top notch photographers in TN.
Once again congratulations on this wonderful compositon with fantastic sharpness, details, saturation and PoV.Very well done.
TFS & Cheers

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-09-20 10:50]

Witaj Radomirze,
Nie znam sie na muchach ale ta ladnie sie prezentuje na zoltym platku z kroplami wody.
Wyrazistosc szczegolow znakomita.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-09-20 11:05]

Czesc Radek!

Piekny kawal muchy na dziko :-) Bardzo lubie Bombyliidae, a te czarne jakos szczegolnie mi sie podobaja. Tego gatunku chyba jeszcze nie widzialem. Romantyczna kompozycja z zoltym kwiatem, bardzo ladnie widoczne szczegoly na skrzydelkach i tulowiu. Czy to tez taki niespokojny i ciagle latajacy gatunek jak morio?

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-09-20 11:14]

Hi Radomir,
Wonderful shot of this Mottled Bee-fly with very impressive sharpness, colours and details. Great handling of natural lighting and exposure and I like its classic pose and the water drops on the flower. The sheen on its wings look great. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Thanks for sharing this fine image.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-09-20 14:28]

Hi Radek

I know how you feel; it's rainy and cold here, too and i find myself missing the nice late summer days more and more.
Your capture here is very good, presenting this Mottled Bee-Fly with excellent details and in a very good light.
The natural contrast here is terrific and your fill-in flash work has made everything stand out even better.
Very well taken, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-09-20 15:24]

Hola Radomir,
preciosa macro,
efectivo foco y buen pov,
magnífico trabajo.

hello Radomir,
impressive catch for sharpness and focus of details...compliments sERGIO

Hi Friend, superb capture of this huge bee-fly in all around.
Have a nice Sunday!


Hello Radomir.
A sensational macro image!
The colours and details are excellent.
I liked of this perspective and compo!
Congratulations and TFS this beauty!
José Roberto

  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2008-09-20 19:11]

Ciekawy robal. Dobry detal, zwlaszcza jak na muche :-) Lekkie przepalenie kwiatka, no ale nie mozna miec wszystkiego.

Bello trabajo Radomir, con una buena luz y excelente saturación del color. Muy buen enfoque, más teniendo en cuenta el pequeño tamaño de estos dípteros.
Abrazo: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

Hi Radomir,
true to your call you continue to entertain us with excellent pictures of animals not often seen. This Thyridanthrax might be a caterpillar's nightmare but it sure is the entomologist's delight. ID must be easy when the picture is of that high quality. Well done, as usual with you, Radomir!
Best regards

Czesc Radziu
A coz to za straszna potowra co zabija biedne gasienice ;-) Fotka jest piekna. Swietna ostrosc co przy fotkach much nie jest takie czeste. Bardzo mi sie podoba lekko rozmyty zolty kwiatek z kroplami rosy. Naswietlenie swietne i nie ma przepalen na skrzydelkach co sie czesto trafia. Bardzo mi sie podoba

Hi Radomir,

great macro shot of this insect.
Great details and beautiful colours.
I like the drops on the flower.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-22 1:25]

Hello Radomir,
what a fine macro of this Bee-Fly.
You show excellent detail in the fur.
Great sharpness.
Superb exposure.

Well done,

I like the position of the subject in the frame and loads of details on the fly! The flower with water drops is an added bonus .
Goutham R

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-23 3:29]

Hello Radomir,
I can't recall having seen this fine Bee-fly here. Excellent capture showing all details very sharply. I like its pose on the wet flower. A beautiful composition and nicely framed.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

bonjour radomir
excellente macro,la netteté est vraiment tres bonne sur le sujet.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2008-10-04 9:56]

Hello Radomir,

Great picture of this fly
Great color, background and lighting


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-10-27 4:21]

WOW!! Amazing and beautiful with such splendid focus, DOF, POV and composition. I like a lot the sharp crisp details on the wings and the body.
Magnificent job! Thank you very much for sharing.

Hello Radomir,
beautiful work with excellent sharpness, colours and details!

Best regards, Leonid

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