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Eristalinus sepulchralis

Eristalinus sepulchralis
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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: 2007-05-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): In Tandem With My Muses: Photography [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-27 5:36
Viewed: 4322
Points: 60
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Eristalinus sepulchralis (Linnaeus, 1758)

This Hoverfly was an enigma to me until I saw its picture posted by Fartash recently (See here ). I followed the link he provided and was able to confirm its ID as Eristalinus sepulchralis.
Shooting this extremely restless fly was not easy. It never sits still. I was able to manage only one picture of it which I am posting today. The image succeeds in capturing the special feature of this insect – its mottled eyes.

The insect belongs to the Syrphidae family and here is a note on this family in general:

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


The image was first converted from raw into tiff, treated for noise and then cropped for TN.

Thanks and regards to all.

LordPotty, GLEM, garyfudge, eqshannon, Argus, jcoowanitwong, marhowie, uleko, jaycee, Maite, Silvio2006, mikou, fartash, Adanac, dew77, XOTAELE, nainnain, star74, glazzaro, izler has marked this note useful
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Hi Ram,
Great macro shot.
Well focused on the eyes, very interesting eyes!
Well done.


Buenisima la fot. El detalle de los ojos es genial.

I know what you mean Ram.
It is sometimes very frustrating trying to shoot a restless hoverfly.
Still, you persevered and the resulting image is great.
A beautifully clear macro with a great POV. Excellent job.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-05-27 6:29]

salut Ram,
cette mouche est souvent présente sur Tn en ce moment. Superbe POV, bonne netteté sur ces gros yeux.


Hola Ram,
Excelente toma muy bien detallada y documentada, gracias por compartirla. Saludos
José Ramón

Hi Ram,

another interesting shot with informative write-up.
This Hoverfly, is not as attractive as those beautiful Dragonflies.
The detail however is excellent, so clear and sharp.


How intriguing are the lines and spots. A very unusual find and very different than many insect picture I have seen. It is almost a picture within a picture. Such an elusive creature and you had the tenacious mind to capture it...or was it simply patience. Either way it is interesting in design.
Washington State.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-27 8:33]

You have a special eye for flies, Ram!
And this hoverfly shot is no exception. Superb clarity and detail in this front POV set in a fine compostion to show the unique eyes of Eristalinus sepuchralis to their best advantage.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hello Ram,
Beautiful big eyes. POV and composition are great. Sharp image and lovely colors. TFS this fine picture from Riyadh.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-05-27 9:11]

Hi Ram,
Amazing eyes. You keep finding them. Everyday has been so educative and a host of new species seen, even though through photos. Perfect POV, focus and lighting. The details of its body are extraordinary. Beautifully done. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Good detail, DOF, & POV Ram, and I like the composition. I do appreciate the degree of difficulty..I've been known to chase a few of these guys around before :)
The colors of the fly are a little bit flat, over-powered by your flash IMHO. Have you tried diffusing the light from your in-camera flash head?
Well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-27 9:38]

Hello Ram,
You seem to be surrounded by weird flies down there!! But they're not only weird, they're very interesting too and your capture of this one is excellent. I've never seen one with spotted eyes before!! Very sharp details and nice colours in this fine composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-27 10:13]

Hi Ram,

How do you find all of these fascinating insects? The details on this are so intricate that it is amazing. Shows off wonderfully against the green leaf. Wonderful macro, as always.


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-27 11:32]

Hello Ram, amazing macro! the spots in the fly's eyes are amazing, fine capture indeed.. Nice POV, and composition.. my best regards and well done my friend..

Hi Ram, wonderful macro with splendid details, great sharpness and beautiful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-05-27 15:59]

selam ram, very nice macro shot of this hoverfly,good presented , very nice BG and POV, well captured with nice colours TFS

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-05-27 16:08]

Hi Ram,
a good shot that is well composed with a great DOF.
Well done,

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-05-27 16:36]

Hi Ram.
Great close-up of this hoverfly.Very good view on her very interesting eyes and also unusual.Well composed and well focused capture.Your used POV very well presentet this special eyes.Well done.
TFS,best greeting Milos.

Hello Ram
Very intersting shot of same Hoverfly,I think
Perfect details and lighting,
Great Bg,sharpness and POV,
I really like the pattern,Superb shot, TFS

Good Luck

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-05-27 21:45]

Hello Ram,
Your camera work gives us an excellent view of those amazing eyes, thanks Ram.

Hi dear Ram ,
very nice shot with great details and vivid colours.
nice sharpness.
thanks for sharing

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-28 2:29]

Hello Ram,
Wonderful close up.POV,framing and DOF you managed
are excellent.Have a great week!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-05-28 4:07]

Ram Sir, I exactly had another shot of this fly. But red in color. Will post it later. But to your picture the color and the lighting is brilliant. ganesh

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-05-28 5:13]

Hello Ram
What a fantastic macro you did here!!
Look those eyes! Wow! Excellent details and POV.
The name of the fly is really bloodcurling ;)
Wonderful job, dear friend.

Hi Ram,
Good details and composition, I liked the colors and the sharpness too. I'm not sure but it looks a bit overexposed ( i might be wrong because my laptop display is not calibrated yet ).

Estupenda macro.
Muy buenos detalles y excelente nota Ram.
Hasta pronto, JL.

bonsoir ram
parfaite cette photo , bonne netteté et couleurs parfaite, merci pour cette note aussi, bien vu

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-05-28 15:22]

Hi Ram,
Excellent close up shot,
Perfect details and colors,
Very clear capture,

Nice macro, you cool eyes, glad you were able to get off the shot, excellent work Sir.


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-05-31 11:11]

merhaba ram
i see wonderful close-up working on this different and interesting hoverfly
composition, point of view, depth of field, using of flash, lighting, colours, focus, sharpness, details and informative note are great
thanks for sharing

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