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Copyright: Vincent Bourrut (vbourrut) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 5 N: 166] (2297)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS10D, Canon MP-E 65mm f2.8 1-5x
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-05-03 4:25
Viewed: 3332
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Adult hoverflies are true flies with only two wings instead of four which most insects have. Adults are large and beautiful insects about 13mm long. They have a dark head, a dark thorax, and a banded yellow and black abdomen. They closely resemble bees or wasps rather than flies. Their habit of hovering like humming birds gave them the names hoverflies or flower flies. They are expert hoverers, able to remain absolutely stationary in midair. In some species, males will hover in certain spots to attract the attention of females while other species patrol a wider area of up to 100 yards to feed and mate. They dart from flower to flower making them easy to distinguish from the bees and wasps. They feed on pollen, nectar, and honeydew. They are good pollinators (Pennington, 1999: pp. 93-104).

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-03 5:34]

Wonderful macro Vincent!
It's very close and clear.Colors and details on head are amazing.Perfect composition.Very well done!TFS..:-)

Excellent work on this Vincent, I love the crop and the POV. Detail on the head is stunning and the image has good clarity. This is a perspective on the hover-fly rarely seen. Congratulations.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-03 6:49]

Elle a de beaux yeux ;-) Belle macro bien composée avec de jolies couleurs et une excellente netteté sur la tête de l'insecte.
Very Well Done !

Face to face with a male hoverfly.
Excelent capture and well done on the composition. Excelent view.


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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-05-03 11:50]

Very good capture Vincent. Excellent details on the head and a soft light and soft and beautiful colors. My choice would be on seeing the wing tips but it is my choice :)
Well done.

Superbe Macro Vincent.
Belle netteté et de d'excellentes couleurs.

Very nice close-up, great details, good POV and colours. MAybe just a little too centered.
Well done.

Great head-shot Vincent! Perfect POV for this type of shot and superb details of the eyes and head. Very well done!

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  • Pedda Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 1 N: 247] (1287)
  • [2005-05-07 15:40]

Great macro shot.

I really like the POV. Excellent details, but maybe you should have put the fly a litle more off center.

Thanks for sharing

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