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Large Bulb Fly

Large Bulb Fly
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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: 2008-07-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Samsung digimax D103
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Syrphidae, Syrphidae (Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-22 11:23
Viewed: 4022
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Merodon equestris, female

Dutch name: Grote narcisvlieg
French name: Mouche des narcisses

This widespread and common hoverfly is a bumblebee mimic, taking on different colour forms to match various bumble bees. It is characterised by the strong projection on the hind femur, which gives it a thickened appearance.

In spring, the males are seen flying low and hovering over short grass looking for a female. She lays eggs near bulbs, especially wild bluebells and daffodils, and larvae then enter and feed on the bulb. The adults may be seen in a greenhouse from February and outdoors from April to August.

(source: www.plantpress.com/wildlife/o389-greaterbulbfly.php)

See also the WS for another POV. I think this time it is a male, but the focus is not that good.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-22 11:34]

Salut Marie,une macro vraiment de haute qualite',on peu conter les poils..ehehe..des details extraordinaires et une excellente gestion des reflections sur les ailes,mes compliments et bonne soiree',Luciano

Hi Marie,

Anothe new specie for me, I never heard about this name.

Good of sharpness as usual with beautiful colours and exellent details.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-22 11:39]

Hi Marie. A very good top view of this hovefly. you have used the light so well which has given good detail and bright colours. i like the way the light shines on the wings. well done TFS.

Hi Marie,
Neighbors today. A nice capture of this beautiful hover fly. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Marie,

Fantastic close up.Excellent definition with good sharpness.I liked very much.

Bonsoir Marie,
J'ai certainement dû la croiser en pensant que c'était un bourdon. Mais la tête est clairement celle d'un syrphidae. La composition est superbe, avec un tas de détails. Une très belle macro. Amicalement,

  • Great 
  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-08-22 12:46]

Hello Marie,
superb photo of this bee-mimic!
Great detail showing all the hair very clearly.
Perfect exposure.

Well done!


Hi Marie,
Very good macro shot of this Hoverfly with great composition and POV, sharp details and bright natural colours. It really looks like a slim bumblebee to me.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-08-22 22:55]

Hi Marie.
Excellent close-up of the fly with precise exposure, great white (and other) colour tone reproduction and excellent details of the fly. I also like an exact DOF and nice framing of the image. Compliments and best wishes.

Hi Marie, excelent macro capture of this large bulb fly showing a mimicry to bublebee. TFS.

Bonjour marie,
Great macro with good closeness of the hoverfly!
the exposure and focus is spot on with great sharpness, natural colour and details in the shot
well done

Hi Mariki,

A good note and an excellent photo, shows this bee-mimic very well. Focus is decent, could have been just a hair better, but still nice.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-23 10:14]

Hello marie, Very nice shot with a superb closeup macro shot. Brilliant sharp picture. Ganesh

Hello Marie, very simple today... just perfect!!!

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-08-23 12:33]

Hola Marie, buen macro, nitida y buen detalle, con un fondo atractivo y bien desenfocado. Un saludo

Merhaba Marie,net ve ışığın iyi kullanıldığı bir kare.Kompozisyon ve kadraj da çok iyi ,ellerine sağlık,selamlar :)

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-08-23 14:11]

Hi Marie
Good photo with excellent details and colors, very nice composition.
Good job

My dearest friend Mariki,
It's so nice to come back home...and to friends like you. This is a lovely shot, very sharp, and detailed.i love the exposure, which is perfect!
Very well done!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-24 3:51]

Hello Mariki,
A great capture of this large Hoverfly, Merodon Equestris, that mimics bumblebees. The POV and sharpness are excellent, showing all the features that characterise the species nicely composed on the white flower.
TFS this fine image

I shall soon be posting another bumblebee mimic!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-08-24 12:33]

De très beaux détails dans cette macro, c'est bien exposé et bien composé, bravo et merci!


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