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Alder Fly

Alder Fly
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Photos for my website [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-11 4:34
Viewed: 5828
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The alder-fly is black with greyish-brown wings with black veins. It is very common and can be found near ponds and sluggish streams with silted bottoms and an abundance of weed or plant detritus. Despite its name, it has no association with alder trees, other than being found on foliage beside water, which is where alder is usually found. It lays its eggs in large batches of 200 or more on plants or other objects at the water's edge.

The larvae are aquatic, living amongst mud and detritus and preying on smaller insects. Adults can be seen resting on emergent vegetation around the pond, mainly in May and June, often in large numbers.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-04-11 4:41]

Hello Joe,
a superb macro of this Sialis-species, not often - if at all - presented at TN. The strong wing-venation and leg structures are nicely seen.
Best wishes, Peter

Hola Joe,
Una buena y excelente aproximación, bonito POV, gran nitidez con luz y fondo agradables. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-11 4:46]

Hi Joey

Excellent macro of Alder Fly, your composition is really good with an excellent pose of the fly resting on a blade of grass, very nice details, lovely colours set againast a nicely blurred BG.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi Joe,
Superb sharpness, nice DoF, neat BG.
Great shot.


Insecte peu vu. Charpente alaire impressionnante.
Bonne journée.


What a really odd looking fly. I have never seen anything like it... though admittedly I have probably not looked that closely at the edge of my local pond...
Greta picture of it with good composition and detail.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-11 11:00]

Hi Joey,

Wonderful macro of this fly. Didn't know there were so many details on one of these. Great positioning.


Hi Joey,
Brilliant macro and Fantastic details. sharp, your DOF is very nice, well done


Hello Joe!
This is really rarely presented group of insect in TN! And bravo for showing something new and original! :)
I like natural BG, good sharpness, DOF and POV.
Best greetings,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-04-12 3:00]
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Brilliant macroshot of this fly.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-04-15 15:49]

très jolie macro, les détails sont fins et précis, la composition bien trouvée.

Wow.excelent macro.The composition,colour and sharpes are great

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-12 14:16]
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Hello Joe,
Excellent capture of this Alder Fly on a grass. Very sharp details and good colours. Nice soft background too and I like the way you've cropped it.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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