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Villa hottentotta

Villa hottentotta
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-09-12 6:19
Viewed: 4085
Points: 52
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Villa hottentotta

“Bombyliidae is a large family of flies with hundreds of genera, although their life cycles are not well known. Adults generally feed on nectar and pollen, thus are pollinators of flowers. They superficially resemble bees, thus are commonly called bee flies, and this may offer the adults some protection from predators.

The larval stages are predators or parasitoids of other insect eggs and larvae. The adult females usually deposit eggs in the vicinity of possible hosts, quite often in the burrows of beetles or wasps/solitary bees. Where most often in the insect world parasitoids are highly specific in the host species that they will infect, some bombyliids are opportunistic and will use a variety of hosts.
While bombyliids have a great variety of species, rarely are individuals of any one species abundant, and this is perhaps one of the poorest known families of insects relative to its size. There are at least 4,500 described species, and probably thousands as of yet undescribed.” From Wikipedia

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-09-12 6:30]
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Hello Ulla, great close-up shot of this bee fly from dorsal side with excellent details.
TFS and R's,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-12 6:50]

Hallo Ulla,
Ein sehr schönes Bild. Es gefält mir sehr wie du dieses Bild prezentiert hast. Schöne Farben, schöner Kontrast.
Schönes Wochenende,

Very powerful mimicry in view here, Ulla. If the eyes were not a give-away, one would definitely mistake this Fly for a Bee.
You have an interesting BG here for this shot, making it very natural.
I guess the weather must have turned by this time in your part of the world. We here in North India are in the grip of an untimely deluge of monsoon doing serious harm to the crops that were ready for harvest.

Hello Ulla,

An excellent macro shot with lovely coloration, sharpness & fine details. Great POV, pose & BG.

Very nicely done & TFS.



Ciao Ulla, fantastic macro of beautiful Bombyliidae, fsuperb details and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-09-12 8:30]

Hi Ulla. This Fly has an unusual shape with a large rear end. and the large wings. This we can see ffrom your top POV letting us see all of the body markings. Colours looking all natural. Well done TFS.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-09-12 9:05]

Hello Ulla,
Very good close up. The fly is perfectly visible on nice sand BG. All the details are exactly sharp, wings have specific charm.
Regards, Pawel

Hi Ulla,
such a strange but oh how interesting fly Villa hottentotta.The name implies some tropical connection but you found the fly in Gotaland! The view from straight above works really well, the wings reflect the light just right. A perfect and beautiful shot!
My best regards to you

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-09-12 11:11]

Hello Ulla.
Great macro, interesting insect, great colours , sharp and clear.
Best regards Siggi

Bombyliidae is a family of flies with some species which are takes just from the tiger beetles' nightmares! (some of them are known as tiger beetle larvae parasites) :>
Great capture of colurful V. hottentotta Ulla. I like POV which allow to see entire body of insect. Moreover species is shown in typical sandy habitat.
TS and have a great Sunday!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-12 12:46]

Hello Ulla,
Nice to see that this photo has almost the same BG as in the photo of Ivan. Fantastic sharp details and very beautiful natural colours. Pleasant composition.

Hello Ulla,
a superb macro shot, outstanding sharpness with impressive details, very beautiful natural colours, excellent POV, DOF and composition.
Best regards

hello Ulla!
great close up of this bombyliidae with
the characteristic features..
interesting details of body and wings

best regards sERGIO

Buen trabajo Ulla. Creo que supiste captar bien y con delicadeza la dificil textura del torax y del abdomen de este curioso abejorro. Buenos colores, especialmente los brillos de las transparencias de sus alas y un fondo adecuado.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

hello Ulla

excellent macro photo of this bee with the completaly
from above fine POV, ts gives a Nature Morte style photo,
the focus is superb with great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-09-12 21:34]

Hello Ulla

A lovely shot - very good detail and colour.


Hallo Ulla
I can see that you have taken this image of this beautiful fly in the same area that Ivan has taken his "hairy beetle" if I look at the sandy backdrop. This is really a lovely macro with details of this beauty well seen. It is indeed a striking insect, and you have photographed it well. I just love the see through wings and the large browns eyes, and the viewpoint from above is great, showing us the full length and size of this hairy fly. Best regards and thanks for sharing.

Hi Ulla,

A superb macro capture of this bombylid which shows great mimicry to bees. i also captured a similar one from Central Anatolia. But i could not find exact id still. Anyway, this one is great in all around, as usual MF!
TFP this and have a nice Sunday!


Hello Ulla,
Excellent macro with very clear details
Best greetings

Hello Ulla, superb macro of this interesting mimic fly.
TFS and regards,

Hello Ulla, perfect close up shot of this bee fly with great details and nice composition.
TFS and regards,

Hello Ulla
interesting capture of this Bee fly taken with fine details and great Pov from his back
very natural colors and fine composition
Have a good night

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2009-09-13 18:44]

Hello Ulla.
Great picture.
Nice top POV, light, fine details. Wings like glass.
Well done.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-09-16 3:53]

hello Ulla,
Sorry, I'm a little late..a very exotic name for this special looking fly! I wonder why this name.
Excellent sharpness and amazing golden color which you render so well with this shot. In our region we have some species which look quite similar in their shape.
Thanks and kind regards

Hello Ulla,

Very interesting notes about this bee-like insect.
A fine, diagonal composition of this sharply focussed image, clearly detailing the colours, textures and shape.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Another beauty from you, Ulla!
Very detailed with a lovely POV!

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