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Fear Me!

Fear Me!
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Kenko ext. tubes 12+20+36mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-18 13:32
Viewed: 3032
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another picture of big horse fly which I saw last weekend. This time dorsal view.

Tabanus bovinus, sometimes called the Pale Giant Horsefly, is a species of biting horseflies. As the name suggests, it prefers bovine animals as the source of blood, although it may bite other kind of mammals as well. The insect is relatively large for a horsefly, adults usually being 25–30 mm long. Like most other horseflies, its compound eyes are very colorful with stripe-like patterns. Its body and wings are mostly colored brownish gray. It is quite fast and able flier, being capable of evading most attempts to swat it with ease. It bites humans infrequently, because of its preference of bovine animals. This loud-buzzing horsefly can be a nuisance, as it circles around its target and occasionally lands to deliver a bite (in the case of humans, the fly usually takes off again instead). However, to humans it is considerably less harmful than deer flies (Chrysops), which bite much more vigorously.

There are no commercially available insect repellents that fully work against this horsefly, however it usually avoids smoke and exhaust gases. Weather has a great effect on the horseflies' behavior, as they only fly on sunny and hot weather.

Like all Horsefly species, it is only the females that require a blood meal, this is in order to provide sufficient protein to produce eggs. Males do not bite and tend to prefer the cover of woodland, where they are territorial.

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Perfect macro shot in al aspects. TFS. Greetings,

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-07-18 14:12]

Great lighting, contrast, composition, etc. It's good to know that only about half of them bite. Gary

Yes, I fear it! I still remember we were bitten during our childhood after swimming in the river or in the little outdooor swimming pool. Maybe it was the Chrysops. Very good shot with a diagonal and a good DOF.
Best regards,

This is so good, I think if I get an image as go0od as this, I will retire!! just perfect..tfs regards h

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-07-18 19:04]

Another wonderful giant shot of the horse fly Greg.
So large, so crisp and sharp.
Very well captured MF

your macro work with sigma 70/300 is amazing, the kenko tubes are doing the job well, razor sharp image with good details, perfect pov and well composed shot,
excellent work,
tfs & regards

Finally I get to see one close in! these pesky things have bothered me for years...circling me all the time up in the mountains..I also remember them from my single digit years as a kid...but I can honestly say that this is the fist time I have seen one..and what a wait it has been! You did it perfect the fist time:-) super shot...in a way it takes some of the fear away now that I can actually see them up close as here...Neat guy!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-19 0:57]

Hallo Grzegorz,
Znowu cos wspanialego w niesamowitej ostrosci i dokladnosci,Przepiekna kolorystyka .
Gratulacje Siggi

Czesc, Grzegorzu!
Nie ukrywam, nie przepadam za muchami i komarami... ale w tym wypadku jestem pod wrazeniem - niesamowite zdjecie z perfekcyjna ostroscia i fantastycznym swiatlem, bardzo mi sie podoba!

I can't imagine of such.......impressed by the big eyes...seems to be wearing a goggles.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-19 9:14]

Hi Greg,

I know these pests well but have never really seen them like this. An amazing macro. Every detail is crisp and clear. Colors are wonderfully natural. He sure looks like he's wearing sun glasses - those eyes are something else. Wonderful background and superb diagonal composition.


Gello Greg,
Nicely done.
Sharpness is very good!
Wonder what this white thing under the fly is?

Hi Grzegorz,

fantastyczne ostre ujęcie, bardzo dobra jakoś zdjęcia, przejrzystość kolorów, bardzo dobrze dobrane parametry, super efekt trójwymiarowy. Gratuluje i pozdrawiam


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-19 12:36]

Hi Greag. You say you are looking for a macro lens but you do so well with the sigma. This has very good sharp focusing giving fine detail and good use of the light. natural colours and a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2008-07-19 12:52]

And fear them I do - for I have been bitten too often by these nasty little females.
Great details in the capture - fine composition

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-07-19 23:55]

hi Grzegorz
very interesting shot, fine details, great artistic work, perfect dof and pov.
well done


Hi Greg,
Another beautiful POV of this giant horse fly. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Witam Grzegorzu!
Ale Ci sie trafila gratka! Slepak skladajacy jaja! Piekne zdjecie dokumentacyjne no i - tradycyjnie - rewelacyjnie ostra fotka :)
Pozdrowionka i milej niedzieli!!!

Witaj Grzegorz,
fantastyczna jako¶ i moment. Mam podobny sprzęt, ale nie potrafię zrobić tak rewelacyjnego zdjęcia. Jestem zachwycona i szczerze Ci gratuluję.
Pozdrawiam - Roma

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