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'Curious Hoverfly'

'Curious Hoverfly'
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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: 2009-07-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-20 7:51
Viewed: 2977
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Eupeodes corollae

This is a small species of Hoverfly with naked eyes and a body length of 6 -10 mm. It is a common species often seen around picnic tables, hence its Swedish name “Nyfiken Blomfluga” which translates as “Curious Hoverfly”. Males and females have different markings on the abdomen. On the male these are square commas and on the female narrow commas.

It is very useful in gardens and greenhouses as it feeds on aphids. It’s also been used to control scale insects and aphids in fruit plantations but was found to be partial to the fruit, eating more fruit than the aphids!

In Sweden it flies from early May to September. The adults are often migratory and can often be seen along the coastline in the south.

It is found across Europe, North Africa and Asia.

This was captured in our garden with the camera handheld from a distance of about 20 cm. It has been cropped and sharpened.

Argus, joska, marius-secan, paolo49, maurydv, siggi, anel, ellis49, maaciejka, CeltickRanger, ramthakur, Alex99, rousettus has marked this note useful
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I hope that you wont delete this wonderful close up of the tiny Hoverfly dear Ulla! How are you? The sharpness around the head specially is fantastic! Good depth of field and lovely natural colors as usually! Have a great Holidays!
George Veltchev

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-20 8:06]

Hello Ulla,
Excellent macro in great sharpness and details specially on the head. Very beautiful contrasting clear colours. Some parts around the hoverfly are a bit noisy. Good DOF and OOF BG. Excellent composition.

hello Ulla
great sharpness pose with good details ad lovely colours
great shot
greeting lou

Ciao Ulla, great macro of splendid hoverfly with fantastic details, wonderful colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-12-20 9:23]

Hi Ulla,
Excellent macro shot of this Fly, very nice colors and great sharpness, TFS!

Hi Ulla,
Almost like a DSLR! ... Congratulations!
Regards, TFS, Jesús

Hello Ulla,
Excellent capture with very good details and fantastic sharpness.
The focus is on the eye. Wonderful natural colours and good

Hello Ulla,
very beautiful imagine , details, pow and sharpness perfect, interesting subject. A nice picture. Regards, Paolo

Hallo Ulla,
superb macro shot of this “Curious Hoverfly”, outstanding sharpness and incredible detail, marvellous natural colours, very nice composition
Best regards

Hi Ulla.
Impressive photo with very good composition and wonderful colours.
My best wishes Christodoulos.

Ciao Ulla. Interesting close upr with beautiful natural colours.


Hi Ulla,
Very beautiful species of hoverfly captured with fine colors and details. TFS

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-20 13:19]

Hello Ulla,
that's a very good macro, there is lots of sharp details and the light and exposure are really well done, thanks!Beest regards Siggi

Hello Ulla, this is a great macro photo. Natural beautiful and amazing colours. Superb sharpness and focus. Erodotos

Hi Ulla,
A fine close-up shot with very good sharpness and amazing colours.
Best wishes, Pambos

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-20 14:47]

Hi Ulla,what a macro and what a eye details,a very impressive pic and a very interesting little specie too,my greats compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-12-21 5:55]

Hello Ulla,
A funny Swedish name for this cute Hoverfly! Perfect sharpness on the big eye and lovely color-combination. There are some sharpening traces around the fly, did you sharpen selectively?
Joyeux Noël! I already have written it to Ivan :-)
Kind regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-21 6:20]

I just love these hover flies, they seems to be always in happy mood and its joy watching them hovering on flowers, excellent image, Ulla. tfs.

Hej Ulla,
det är kul med alla nya svenska namn som man hittar i NN. ;-)
You must have ben very close, it's reaaly sharp where it counts.
Nicely composed with good POV and the colors are fine and natural.
Well done.

Hi Ulla,
what an interesting view of this species. Great sharpness and colours,
thanks for sharing

Hello Ulla,
Wonderful macro captured with perfect colours, details, POV and OOF BG. Well done!

hello Ulla

great macro shot of this insect, with fine POV,
very beautiful light, superbly focused
with great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-12-23 4:04]

Hello Ulla,
another stunning capture of the fly. real wonderf with the head and compound eyes so sharp and fully detailed.
Excellent shot, such an amazing presentation from you with G9.


You have managed an unbelievable macro shot with your compact camera, Ulla. The compound eye of the Hoverfly shows every minute detail on it. The colours are rich but natural.
It is a pleasure to admire your work.
Thanks and regards.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-12-26 8:45]

Hi Ulla.
What a pleasant shot and elegant subject. I am amazed with refined reproduction of a cute fly. Its hairs are reproduced fantastically. Lights and colours of the shot are also sweet. Great close-up. Bravo and many thanks for visit and comments.

hello Ulla
very nice macro shot of this colorful Hoverfly on buds. lateral POV and DOF very nice as like sharp focus and coloration. I also like light using and BG. nicely composed and presented with good notes. Thanks for sharing.
all the best

Gran acercamiento de asombrosa pulcritud.
Excelente macro Ulla !

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