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Hoverfly With A Broken Wing

Hoverfly With A Broken Wing
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-29 5:39
Viewed: 3913
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Flies in the Diptera family Syrphidae are commonly known as Hoverflies, flower flies, or Syrphid flies.

As their common names suggest, they are often seen hovering or nectaring at flowers; the adults feed mainly on nectar and pollen, while the larvae (maggots) eat a wide range of foods. In some species, the larvae are saprotrophs, eating decaying plant and animal matter in the soil or in ponds and streams. In other species, the larvae are insectivores and prey on aphids, thrips, and other plant-sucking insects. Aphids alone cause tens of millions of dollars of damage to crops worldwide every year, and so aphid-feeding hover-flies are being recognised as important natural enemies of pests, and potential agents for use in biological control. Adult syrphid flies are important pollinators.

Many Syrphids mimic bees or wasps in appearance. It is thought that this mimicry protects hover flies from falling prey to birds and other insectivores which avoid eating true wasps because of their sting. However a flower fly and a wasp can be distinguished by counting the wings: the flies have two wings, and the wasps and bees have four. They can also be distinguished by simply looking at the head: if it looks like a fly's head, then it is likely a fly. Hover flies get their name from their characteristic flight pattern of hovering nearly still, then darting a short distance very rapidly only to start hovering again, a pattern not seen in the wasps and bees they mimic.

About 6,000 species in 200 genera have been described.


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  • Great 
  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-04-29 6:06]

Super macro, with super colors...the only sad part is the injured wing...
TFS & Cheers

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-04-29 6:22]

Aaaawwww! Poor little thing, I hope it was alright.
A lovely capture of this little insect.
Well done,

Hello Ram,
Now we have a fluttering fly :) Very nice shot of this crisp clear image. POV and composition are great. Very well done and tfs.

Hi Ram

Great shot. Nice composition, DOF and detail. TFS



Hello Ram
Excellent shot of this damaged Hoverfly,
Perfect details and composition,
Fantastic colors and POV,Welldone.


  • Great 
  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-04-29 11:00]

Hello Ram, nice photo would good if the fly was looking at you..but yet we can appreciate its beautiful back, was the fly able to fly w/ a broken wing??.. well, good POV and BG..well done..

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-29 11:31]

Hi Ram,

Oh, the poor little thing! You captured the broken wing perfectly. Wonderful details.


Hola Ram.
Unos maravillosos y delicados detalles.
Buena nitidez y agradable presentación.
Un saludo y TFS, JL.

  • Great 
  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-29 12:20]

Hi Ram

A great capture of the Hoverfly. Good colour and DOF and POV.


  • Great 
  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-29 12:59]

selma Ram; nice macro shot and good comp with nice colours.interesting POV, pity its not has a wing .well done

  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-29 14:21]

Hello Ram,
Fine capture of a syrphid, the damaged wing showing perhaps the reason for it settling on a non floral object.
You have focused the shot appropiately in the wing area and the rest show reasonably clearly. Nice comp and POV. The reddish brown tip of the abdomen makes this a species that I'm not familiar with as it does not occur in N. Europe, which makes it more interesting for me.
TFS and have a good week!

Hi Ram, splendid sirphyd with a broken wing, great sharpness and lovely details, wonderful composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

  • Great 
  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-29 17:56]

Hello Ram,
Great macro work of this injured hoverfly, details are sharp and colors are spot on, thanks for your work.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-04-30 3:17]

Ram Sir
Such a lovely shot and your shot is always fantastic. TFS Ganesh

Hola Ram,
Bonito macro, con buenos detalles, colores y luz muy bellos. Saludos
José Ramón

bonjour ram
mais comment fait cette mouche pour arriver encore a voler?
la netteté est un peu juste mais les couleurs sont belles.

Bonjour Ram
Cette photo est trés jolie, j'aime beaucoup la composition et les couleurs. Belle profondeur de champ, avec un joli fond flou qui mets bien l'insecte en valeur. De bons détails également. Bien joué !Comment fait -il pour voler avec son aile brisée???
Merci et au revoir...JP

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