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look into my eyes

look into my eyes
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Copyright: Sue Rickhuss (snaphappy) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 161 W: 21 N: 233] (1948)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C-5050z
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Hoverflies II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-14 11:17
Viewed: 2930
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
now is this a bee or a hover fly, caught him napping on a Solomons seal leaf.
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-14 11:21]

Hi Sue. What ever he is you have captured a fine close up. excellent detail in the eyes and body, It stands out well against the dark BG. well done TFS.

Hello Sue,
This is a Bumblebee, maybe a Garden Bumblebee (Bombus hortorum).Anyway it is an axcellent shot very sharp and depht of field is an excellent choise.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-05-14 12:00]

hi Sue,
très bonne macro, la netteté est particulièrement bien dosée. J'aime également la lumière équilibrée.
well done


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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-05-14 12:21]

Hello Sue,

Very nice close-up of this syrphid fly Merodon equestris. Beautiful composition. Excellent sharpness. Good light and colours.

Hi Sue,
I caught the same Hoverfly today, but your shot is so much nicer! The frontal view, the great sharpness, the strage animal, the composition with the leaf spikes seemingly radiating out from the animal, well done, Sue!

It is one of the Bumblebee-hoverfies, difficult to identify, my bet is the Narcissus bulb fly, Merodon equestris. If you look at the antennae, you can distinguish a fly easily from a bumblebee. On the workshop picture of the animal, you notice the very thick hind legs and the unbranched aristae, typical for this species.

Best regards,

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