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Alder Fly

Alder Fly
Photo Information
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: 2005-05-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/8, 1/420 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-05-10 14:50
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found several of these newly emerged Alderflies around the pond edge this morning. Thankfully they all remained still which made photographing them quite easy, I found this one and knelt down in the mud and slime to get this composition!

People who were walking their dogs in the park didn’t half give me some funny looks when I returned to my car later!

This shot appears to be over sharpened but I think it is due to the insect being still wet after clambering out of the water.

I wass unable to get an ID on this one and thought it was a caddis Fly.Many thanks to Paul and Philippe for the correct ID; I’m going to have to invest in some books.
Its size was approximately 15 mm long (excluding antenna).

Some info…………………….

Adults are found in May and June they are weak fliers and last for just two to three days, during which time they do not feed .The emergence of adults is synchronised, so that large numbers of both sexes are present at the same time. Mating occurs at night, and females lay very large batches of eggs on plants that overhang the water. A number of females may choose to lay their eggs on the same plant, which may become covered in large expanses of alderfly eggs .After hatching, the predacious larvae fall into the water where they crawl around in search of food; they take other insects, small invertebrates and worms.After 1-2 years of development, the larva leaves the water, and digs into the soil or waterside debris to pupate. Two to three weeks later the adults emerge.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-05-10 14:54]

I have seen them very much time when I was fishing, last week I got one in my mouth, You made a very wel capture, with good details and a fantastic note, very good job Andy

Very good picture with good quality and very good composition, the light is great and the background is beautifull.

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  • IdoTT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 19 N: 86] (482)
  • [2005-05-10 15:20]

Excellent work Andy!
The light in this pic is very good, I like the colors and the BG of the sky!
Excellent macro!


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  • pgmoni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 343 W: 100 N: 637] (2769)
  • [2005-05-10 15:44]

Nice picture, with a good composition and nice details. It is not a caddis fly, though, it is an Alder Fly , genus Sialis (order neuroptera and not trichoptera).

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-05-10 15:44]
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Hi Andy, nice shot. I've got some of these lately, I must say that this is an Alder Fly, check out the genus Sialidae. It's a beautifully composed shot, nice details and lighting. Very well done.

Halo Andy!
Great shot. Just amazing moment with this pose. And very interesting and sharp details.
Good job!

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-05-10 16:17]

Nice shot Andy. Very good Dof here.
It's a nice composition with fine details.
Well done.

It is incredible what strange insects can be found at a river sometimes. This is really horrible :-)
The effort gave you a nice picture. Good work with the sky! Thanks for bringing it to us.

Great shot Andy,
Fantastic detail, very sharp and clear. Well composed and nicely exposed.
Really well captured, Thanks for posting

A fine photo and capture, Andy, well worth the extra laundry later.
Wonderful detail, lighting, and interesting subject in this well done composition. Thank you.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-05-10 20:04]

Hi, Andy! Great macro! Can see everything hair and every vein. I particularly like the way the veins stand out on your picture. Great job. : )

Very good picture, Andy.
The DOF and composition are great, Good details and colours.
Very well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-11 3:53]

Belle et intéressante composition macro-photographique pour ce insecte cramponé sur sa brindille. Jolies couleurs et fond agréable.
Nice & Well Done !

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-11 3:58]

Wonderful close up Andy!
Sharpness,details,colors and composition are amazing.Very well done!TFS...:-)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-05-11 4:18]

Very good capture Andy. I like pictures with water or insects realted to water. Perfect details and sharpness, composition, colours. TFS!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-11 6:25]

Hello Andy,

This is good! Composition really rocks! Details are amazingly sharp (even the 'hairs' on the grass can be seen very clearly), colors are very good, POV & DOF are fantastic. This really is a crisp and clear shot, just the way I like them. --> add to favs --> yes, please!


Very nice shot Andy. Excellent details and sharpness with this blue sky makin' the shot zing! Composed very well with a great POV..Very well done.

Now you know what to use in that Trout pond. :) :)
Excelent capture and details. Well done on this composition.

Hey, do you Know Peter Holis? How close are you to Huddersfield.?
What trout pond is that in the background?
A couple Quid tomorrow

Adorei as cores e a composição do inseto sem vida alguma, agarrado no capim.
Parabéns, sua montagem foi perfeita.
very well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-05-12 9:50]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Andy for this very detailed fly with an exceptional PoV.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-12 16:28]

Wow, this was worth the mud and slime Andy. Good capture, great clarity and composition. Well shown TFS.

Very interesting composition mixing nearly equally three of the earths elements in the BG and this amazing critter linking them. In that way, and esthetically, it's a very attractive shot. Details on the fly head and thorax are a bit overcontrasted by a harsh lighting, but the wings are superb and, as a whole, it' a fantastic composition, Andy.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-13 13:03]

Andy, this is a winner.

Perfect composition and pov. The bg is lovely and colorful, and, at the same time, it's not distracting.

Great sharpness too.


Hi Andy
A neat picture of this critter - not known to me, but it has nice details on the wings - looks like some SCFI warriors steed.

hello:) really great shot:) POV is exellent:) I like it much:D exellent macro:)



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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-28 6:18]

Dear Andy, Hi.
I like this great creative picture (as all your perfect shots) so much. POV and DOF are really outstanding. Colourful and perfect detailed BG is simply wonderful. The leaf and insect on it, insect's pose, outstanding sharpness and details of these objects are tremendous. BRAVO and TFS.

I also wish you more free time to fill your intro and share a lot of wonderful shots (every week at least).
Yours Alexei.

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