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Drone fly

Drone fly
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Copyright: Andy Brook (AndyB) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/300 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-04-28 3:44
Viewed: 3778
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Drone fly (Eristalis tenax)

A dipterous insect and a mimic resembling the honey bee.

The larvae are called rat-tailed maggots due to their long breathing tubes (1-2 inches) which are attached to the rear. They use these tubes to breath under shallow polluted, nutrient rich water.
The larvae develop through three stages, each stage having a caudal projection or tail. The third stage is about 1 inch long when fully mature.
They are important because they aid in the decomposition process and reduce other flies breeding in these habitats.

Adults are harmless to humans, they do not bite or sting and are not known to carry any disease.

This one with its face full of pollen was captured feeding on the Forget-me-nots in our garden.
Just below it you can see we still have a bit of an aphid problem.
The ladybugs had better start putting in some overtime!

Cropped a little, sharpened USM

red45, TAZ, Janice, aktolga, Fisher, Comandante, Paulosousa, PDP, Toni, marhowie, Luc, pitai has marked this note useful
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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-04-28 3:54]

Another pollen hunter :-) Great that spring finally came and we could take pictures like this. Good job Andy - detailed, sharp and colorfull. Drone looks quite happy with all this dinner on its head ;-)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-28 3:55]

Belle et intéressante macro-photographie bien composée. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Very Well Done !

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-04-28 4:38]

Busy, busy drone fly Andy. Well caught and the deatils and colours very good. Great shot.

Halo Andy!
Superb colours and great composition! And what's more - this is just beautiful photo!

My Eristalis tenax is cleaner...:)
Very good DOF and POV with excellent colors.
Exposure and sharpnes is very good.

Thank you for identifying my Eristalis tenax



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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-28 6:17]

Hello Andy,

The details in your picture are crisp and clear and the colors are amazing. You've composed the picture very well. DOF & POV are excellent. It's a very good picture. TFS!


Just beautiful, excelent composition and details. Sharp, crisp and clean focus. Well done.


Wonderful shot Andy!
Vivid colors,pollens and DOF are perfect.Very nice composition.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-04-28 13:22]

very nice one Andy,
Yes I know what the fuji 7000 can when you use it well. And you did here, you made a very nice macro, good in pov with exelent details and good light, very good job,
gr. Jaap

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-28 16:09]

Hello Andy, it's a beauty. Very nice composition and a great looking specimen. I love the covering of pollen. Great work.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-04-28 17:20]

Brilliant macro. The details are superb. Really like the pollen on the head and the pretty colours. Perfect exposure.
Regards Toni

Very nice post, good details and great colours.
Well done.

Andy, This a nice POV with excellent DOF. I like the concentration of pollen covering the eyes and head..Great job on this!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-05-03 21:07]

Personal assessment of the photo: more than great.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Andy.

Another wonderful macro. Beautiful colours and detail.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-31 12:23]

Andy, another amazing macro by you.

A very nice composition, a great moment.

Colors, sharpness and dof are perfect.

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-05-06 22:50]

Hello Andy, a perfect shot. Very clear and sharp. Beautiful flowers and magnificent contrast. Can't find anything bad. TFS, Gabriel

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