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Copyright: Hilary Wilkinson (Hil) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, Raynox DCR 150 macro lens
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-28 5:09
Viewed: 4904
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Everyone,

I took this shot in July last year, it was a very warm week which ended up being our Summer of 2008! hopefully we will get some better weather this year.

If anyone can tell me the correct ID I will update my notes.

The hoverflies of the family Syrphidae are among the most striking of the Diptera (true flies) because of their generally bright colours and hovering ability. They are abundant on flowers for much of the year, feeding on both pollen and nectar. The insects vary a great deal in size and shape, but are easily recognised by the venation. There is a 'false margin' to the rear of the wing, formed by the outer margin of the discal cell and vein 4, which bends forward and runs parallel to the wing margin and closes the sub-apical cell in the process. The true wing margin is often difficult to see. There is also a 'false vein' running between veins 3 and 4. It is really only a thickening of the wing membrane and is not connected to any true vein, but is usually quite conspicuous. Mimicry is well illustrated by the hoverflies, the main models being various species of bees and wasps. The Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax) is a good honey bee mimic, while Volucella bombylans exists in several forms and mimics several bumble bee species. There are about 250 British hoverfly species.


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Hello Hilary,
your shot is wonderful, I love the warm light and the brilliant colours.
IMO it could be Sphaerophoria scripta as I see from the angle you captured the fly.
Anyway it's realy beautiful, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-28 7:43]

Hello Hilary,
A very nice close macro of a hoverfly taken from a fine lateral POV to be able to see the details with good clarity. I agree with Sabine: it is S. scripta.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-28 13:33]

Hi Hilary,
Lovely capture of this Hoverfly.I liked colors,BG,sharpness and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Hilary, a fine macro capture of a hoverfly.
TFS and have a nice Sunday!

Hi Hilary,
A nice capture of this hover fly. Very well composed with sharp details. Only minus is it is a bit over exposed. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hello hilary
super picture
good composition
beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-03-08 8:59]

Hi Hilary
Nice composition.Good POV .I like the nice colors and the OOF bg
TFS Michel

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  • tariq Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 1 N: 2] (2)
  • [2009-03-11 3:58]

Wow so wonderfully shot and excellently presented shot the highlighting of focal point with blurring fore and backgrounds is amazing.the wings and eyes look mysterious.Thank you for every thing and keep always smiling.

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