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Bombyle modeste

Bombyle modeste
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Copyright: Claude Naef (clnaef) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 100 f2.8 Macro
Exposure: f/9.5, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-22 10:32
Viewed: 3221
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Voici l'une des 100'000 espèces connues de mouches, de l'ordre des diptères.

Merci à meyerd qui m'a donné l'identification : Villa hottentotta (Dipera; Bombyliidae; Hottentot bee fly; Hottentotten-Hummelfliege).

Se trouve dans les talus, friches. Se pose volontiers sur le sol, au soleil.
La larve parasite les chenilles de divers lépidoptères.

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A superb macro of this fly with great details. I think a Volucella species from Syrphidae family since the first 2 long veins meet before reaching the wing margin and also it may be bombylans by its dense hair. But I am not sure exactly. Anyway, thanks for sharing this perfect shot.


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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-07-22 11:31]

Salut Claude,

magnifique, cette mouche! Juste ce qu'il faut en reflexions sur les ailes, lumière parfaite, bonne netteté. La mouche: Villa hottentotta (Dipera; Bombyliidae; Hottentot bee fly; Hottentotten-Hummelfliege). Tu avais la chance d'en voir une, je n'ai encore jamais eu ce privilège. (Le guide utilisé: J. Haupt, 2000. Guide des mouches et des moustiques. Delachaux & Niestlé, Lausanne). Merci pour tout, Claude.

Bien à toi,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-22 11:47]

Hi, Claude, again.
Fine shot of a beautiful insect. I impressed with refined flash light, nice delicate reflection of the insect's wings, excellent sharpness and reproduction of the hair. Perfect job. My kind regards.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-22 12:03]

WOOW Claude,
precioso trabajo amigo,
foco sensacional perfecta nitidez,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-22 12:07]

Hello Claude,
Brilliant macro of V. hottentotta in beautiful light showing very sharp details and beautiful colours. The flash has made the wings stand out very effectively.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Ciao Claude, splendid macro with fantastic colors, excellent sharpness and superb details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Claude,
Superb macro indeed the the closeness in such perfect details and good colour!
the transperent wings with the perfect lighting extremely well!
compliment for this fine shot

Precioso insecto muy bien captado, sobre todo por los colores, el encuadre y el enfoque. El fondo es interesante y da volumen a la toma.
Saludos Claude: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Claude,
Very sharp capture. Representative picture. TFS.
- Nirmal

Hi Claude
Fantastic macro! Perfect sharpness!!! Tiny blinks on the wings are not overexposed - great. Also very good simple composition and nice not disturbing background. Nothing to critique

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2008-07-24 5:44]

This is truly amazing!
Every tiny hair is perfectly visible!
Fabulous capture - superb colours and the bokeh sets off your subject perfectly

Bonjour Claude
La photo ne l'est pas: modeste
Très belle prise, très belles couleurs lumière et excellente netteté, bravo
Amicalement Robi

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