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Striped hoverfly (Syrphidae)

Striped hoverfly (Syrphidae)
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Copyright: marie christine guegan (mariki) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Samsung digimax D103
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Syrphidae, Syrphidae (Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-21 1:47
Viewed: 5922
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Helophilus pendulus

Dutch name: Pendelzweefvlieg
French name: Hélophile suspendu

Bodylength: 10-14mm
Months seen: April - October

Its scientific name means "dangling swamp-lover".
It is also known as the Sunfly as it does not appear until the sun is shining. Like other members of the genus Helophilus it has black and yellow longitudinal stripes on the upper surface of its thorax. The abdomen is patterned with yellow, black and grey. It has a black central face-stripe (see WS).

The Striped Hoverfly is a common and widespread hoverfly. The adults are common around muddy puddles, ditches and the shallow margins of ponds.
The larva is a rat-tailed maggot with a long telescopically extensible breathing tube which enables it to breathe whilst submerged. It occurs in farmyard drains, very wet manure and very wet, old sawdust.

This hoverfly is a wanderer and so can be found well away from water. Adults visit many garden plants. The larvae feed on detritus.

Widely distributed in Europe, also found in Siberia

(source: enmos.eu/info/info_diptera/info_helophilus_pendulus.htm)

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Bonjour Marie-Christine!

Ah, cette photo rapprochée est très belle! Je me permets de dire qu'elle sort du lot. A mon avis, tu as fait un gros progrès dans la qualité de tes images, surtout en chosisissant mieux le fond et l'arrière-plan. Ici, l'insecte est magnifiquement bien placé sur une feuille, l'arrière-plan flou accentue la netteté de l'insecte.




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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-04-21 2:07]

Hello Marie,
superb focus on the hoverfly. Nice and sharp details of the surfaces and also of the interior (abdomen) are seen.
Colours and light are pleasant.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi mariki!
Great capture of this wasp-looking fly. Good colours and bright-green background. Interesting insect.
TFS, cheers!

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-04-21 2:16]

hi Marie,
fantastic macro! you are certainly becoming a bit of a master of bug photos! fantastic lighting and focus allowing for so much nice and sharp detail! well done! tfs

Hi Marie
Another good macro The wings are a little bit OOF but your photo is very good. Good sharpness on head and abdomen, good exposure nice composition and not disturbing background

Hola Marie, muy buen detalle de este Sirfido, un fondo bien suavizado y sin ruido, nitida, color natural y buena luz.
Buen macro. Un saludo

Hi Marie,
Now you're talking! This hoverfly is perhaps one of your best macros IMO.
Very good details, DOF, exposure, and nice color..
Looks great on this leaf, warming itself in the sunlight :)
Well done!

Hi marie,
I am doing this critique all over again. Soething happened when I did the earlier one; most of my later paras disappeared!
What I wanted to say was that I am happy to see you doing Hoverflies like me.
This particular Hoverfly is beautifully captured. The subject is in excellent focus and the colours are wonderful.
I like the yellow leaf for BG. It highlights the subject well.
TFS and all the best.

Hi Marie,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Hoverfly. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Max31 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 39] (201)
  • [2008-04-21 3:59]

Bonjour Marie-Christine,
Magnifique macro! La netteté est parfaite, les couleurs sont très belles et la luminosité excellente.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-21 4:17]

Ohi Marie,mais quelle perfection!!!J'espere de voir prochaiment quelque papillon sortir de ta merveilleuse tecnique photographique,tu as vraiment ameliore',une photo de grande classe,merci et bonne journee',Luciano

Hi Marie

Great shot of this beautiful hoverfly
Excellent sharpness and DOF. Great details on this one.
Good composition to.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-04-21 4:51]

Bonjour Marie-Christine,
Image de syrphe parfaitement réussie.
Elles sont quand même belles ces mouches. Excellente lumière, bons cadrage et netteté. Bravo
Bon après-midi

You must be inundated with Hoverflies in Europe and Sub Asian as well...Ram post quite a few...I call hi Skipper but Hoverfly would do as well..Very nice...sharp and nicely saturated....we not only still have some new snow..here in the middle of spring...but we have very few insects...although last week I noted a couple of yellow jackets which means it will be a harsh summer. They are vicious..

hello Marie,

Razor sharp hooverfly, good of details and clarity.
Beautiful colors and pov.

Regards Gert

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-04-21 9:38]

Hi Marie Christine,
First class macro shot of this hoverfly. Perfect sharpness,, nice natural colors.
Well done and TFS

Excelente enfoque y gran naturalidad en los colores. Acertado encuadre y bien controlada la luz.
Un abrazo Marie: Josep Ignasi

Hello Marie
Very nice shot of this Hoverfly ,
Great focusing,colors and BG.Welldone my friend.


hello Marie, great details to this fly, wonderful capture, the colours are superb. TFS regards h

Hello Marie,
Another excellent close-up shot of a fly with superb details, nice DOF and POV.


Hi Marie,

Fortunately it is not that big as it looks. It really looks so alive. Very good bright colours and lighting, pin sharp details, good composition. Everything just perfect!



Hello Mariki,

Very nice macro image of this wonderful Hooverfly.
Sharpnes and exposure are very good and due to that all colors and details are wonderfully visible.
Also like the clarity and the shadow of the fly on the leaf very much.
Very well done. TFS!!!

Kindestt regards, Harry

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-21 19:26]

Hola Marie.
Mas que una bella foto parece una pintura hermosa. finos detalles logrados gracias a la calidad del macro.
Muy hermosa la foto de hoy Marie.

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2008-04-21 19:39]

Hello Mariki,
Excellent macro shot of the striped hover fly. The subject is well in focus with god POV and DOF. The green in the background gives good contrasrt.Sharpness, details as well as the lighting is excellent.
I liked the the pic in the WS which shows its eyes very well.

A beautiful hoverfly with a nice colour pattern and interesting looking antennae Marie, you were able to achieve great sharpness from an almost vertical POV and the relatively shallow DOF rendered the BG pleasantly OOF. Thanks for sharing this fine capture with us and cheers,

Hi Mariki,

A very nice shot, good and sharp and a nice composition. You're becoming quite an expert at shooting these little flies. Nice job!


Hello Marie!
What a beautiful Syrphidae fly photo! Bravo for very nice sharpness and details!
All the best,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-23 4:50]

Hi Marie,
Outstanding close-up shot with immaculate sharpness and clear details. Superb light and exposure control with lovely colours. The top POV works well here in portraying its features and the BG looks fine. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Mariki, splendid hoverfly with great colors, superb details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-04-25 10:08]

hello marie
wonderul close-up working
composition, POV, light, colours and sharpness are great

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-25 22:08]

Hello MArie Christine

The colours are bright and vivid in this shot.
Excellent focus and sharpness.
The POV and DOF are wonderful.


Hello Mariki,
This is a fine macro shot with great details in the insect!
Good sharpness and colours are reproduced very well...
Effective DoF and the insect stands out very well!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-27 7:20]

Hello Mariki,
This is a great macro of the hoverfly H. pendulus. I like the POV that show the insect well with excellent sharpness and fine DOF set in a pleasing composition.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,
Cheers, Ivan

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-29 0:35]

Hi Marie.
This is so perfect macro shot as previous one. However the BG is more natural and nice. I like precise DOF, nice blurriness of the leaves and superb sharp image of the hoverfly. My compliments and kind regards.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-29 14:43]

Hello Marie,
Brilliant macro work with superb camera work throughout. Great depth of field allows the sharp details to come out superbly.
The tiny hairs on its body are so sharp you can count them. Great job Marie, thank you.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2008-05-04 0:08]

Bonjour Marie-Christine,
Vous avez le même prénon que ma femme ;-) Compliment pour votre jolie macro-photo ! Votre D103 est entre de bonnes mains et les résultats sont visibles pour notre plus grand bonheur.
Compliments et merci pour le partage,

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