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Hornet Mimic Hoverfly

Hornet Mimic Hoverfly
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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: 2008-09-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Samsung digimax D103
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/350 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Syrphidae, Syrphidae (Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-14 1:35
Viewed: 3602
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Volucella zonaria, female

Dutch name: Hoornaar zweefvlieg
French name: Volucelle zonée

This is a syrphid fly which can reach a length of 2.5cm. It feeds on nectar and pollen. It mimics the hornet.
The female lays its eggs in the nests of social wasps and the larvae feed on remains (dead wasps or dead larvae).

Other POV in the WS

The focus could have been better but it was very windy that is also why I had to use a very short exposure time and the flash.

I added also a picture of a hornet Vespa crabo in the WS.

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Hello Marie!
As I see Syrphidae are your favourite flies :) Nice capture of Volucella, species which I know also from my region (but here it is not too common). Good POVs and details. Nice control of flash too :)
Greetings from Lodz,

Hi Marie Christine,
You did an excellent portrait of Volucella zonaria here, Marie-Christine. The composition with the Ivy flowers is particularly successful, it brings the subdued colors of the fly out. And you got great sharpness and avoided the pitfalls of flashlight . Well done, my congratulations.
Best regards

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-09-14 2:15]

Hello Marie,
a nice and well-focused picture of the fly and the flower, both showing us their detailed and fine structures.
Furthermore, colours are very natural.
That is what I like.
Best wishes, Peter

hello marie,
fine macro shot of the fly, the image is razor sharp with excellent details, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

  • Vinster Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 5 N: 185] (789)
  • [2008-09-14 4:13]

Hi Marie
Excellent shot of this large hoverfly species - I saw these in the UK a few weeks ago also feeding on Ivy flowers. The flash had brought out the details and created a sharp image.
Kind Regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-14 7:17]

Hallo Marie Christine,
Je hebt inmiddels een schitterende verzameling insektenfoto's opgebouwd. De kwaliteit is steeds erg goed. Zo ook bij deze foto. Perfecte scherpte in mooie kleuren en een uitstekende egale achtergrond. Erg goede compositie.

Hi Marie,

It's great to see you have so many pictures about insects and you know all the names!
This one are good composed and with beautiful colours.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-14 9:30]

Hi Marie. Great close up of this Fly. which you have taken with fine detail and rich colours. With good use of the light giving a shine to the whole picture. well done TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-14 10:46]

Hi Marie,

I marvel at your knowledge of the insect world! Also at your expertise in photographing these small insects. Ths Syrphid Fly atop the fascinating looking plant is wonderful. Excellent colors, sharp details and textures. Great use of the flash - I see nothing at all wrong with the focus.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-14 11:09]

Hi Marie,
Excellent macro on this Hoverfly. Spot on exposure with the great colors and sharp detail. Nice shot!
Regards Siggi

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-14 21:43]

Hello Marie,

This is a very fine close-up of this insect. You have chosen a very good DOF and succeded to keep in focus both insect and flower beneath. Therefore fine sharp details can be seeen on both. You have made good use of the flas and got nice staurated and natural looking colors.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2008-09-14 22:59]


Your POV is very good and shows great detail and sharpness of the subject from the side. The pic has a good DOF and BG.

Hi Marie, s superb macro shot of this femaL syrphid fly which mimics the hornet with great clarity. TFS.
Have a nice new week my friend!


Hi Marie,
A nice capture of this syrphid fly. Very well composed shot with good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

wonderful picture, excellent capture, the details are amazing, great POV and composition.. well done

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-15 2:31]

Bonjour Marie Christine,
Une excellente image de Volucella zonaria. Une espèce qui m'est aussi familière. Très bon éclairage grâce au flash et bonne idée de le montrer de "profil".
Une belle journée à toi et aux tiens

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-09-15 5:00]

Hello Marie, superb macro of this fly! Great details and nice composition. TFS.

Hi Mariki, great macro of wonderful hoverfly with fine details, excellent sharpness and beautiful composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-15 6:36]

Hello Mariki Excellently captured and brilliantly presented. Ganesh

Hi Mariki,

A nice, clear image, shows this fly really well.


Hello Marie Christine.
Spectacular macro!
Impressive wealth of details.
Excellent contrast, colours and sharpness.
I liked much of this dark BG!
Well done!
José Roberto

Hello Marie great close-up shot of a fly with superb details.
TFS and regards,

Hello Mariki, superb macro capture of this syrphid fly while it was feeding on nectar. TFS and regards,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-09-15 21:28]

Hi Marie,
Wonderful macro shot with very impressive sharpness and clarity. Nice pose captured and the flash lighting is very skillfully used. The black BG looks pretty. Thanks for sharing this fine image.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-16 1:08]

Hello Mariki,
Excellent macro of this large Hoverfly. I likeyour POV and the sharp details. Beautiful colours too that stand out against the dark background.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-25 23:56]

Hi Mariki,
I like your POV, the composition, details and the setting. TFS

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