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Drone Fly

Drone Fly
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-26
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-29 9:13
Viewed: 2336
Points: 24
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Eristalis tenax is a European hoverfly, also known as the drone fly (or "dronefly"). It has been introduced into North America and is widely established.

The larva of E. tenax is a rat-tailed maggot. It lives in drainage ditches, pools around manure piles, sewage, and similar places containing water badly polluted with organic matter.[2] The larva likely feeds on the abundant bacteria living in these places.

When fully grown, the larva creeps out into drier habitats and seeks a suitable place to pupate. In doing so it sometimes enters buildings, especially barns and basements on farms. The pupa is 10-12 mm long, grey-brown, oval, and retains the long tail; it looks like a tiny mouse.

The adult fly that emerges from the pupa is harmless. It looks somewhat like a drone honey bee, and likely gains some degree of protection from this resemblance to a stinging insect. The adults are called drone flies because of this resemblance. Like other hover flies, they are common visitors to flowers, especially in late summer and autumn, and can be significant pollinators.

In its natural habitat, E. tenax is more of a curiosity than a problem, and the adults are beneficial pollinators. Drone flies have never been implicated as disease vectors[citation needed] and usually do not become a problem, provided sewage and manure are not allowed to accumulate in pits, ponds, or streams.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-09-29 10:04]

Hallo Siegfried,
wunderbar fokussiert und brilliant scharfe Strukturen. Die Härchen kommen gut raus!
Die gewählte Schärfentiefe bewirkt genügend verwaschene Blüten und einen zurückhaltenden Hintergrund,
so dass sie Fliege eindeutig der Hauptdarsteller bleibt.
Beste Grüße, Peter

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-29 10:18]

Hi Siggi,

Nice macro of this hoverfly on the pretty yellow flowers. Good details and textures of the insect. I love those crystal clear wings! Wonderful colors - we can even see pollen on the fly.


Hi Siggi, perfect capture of a drone fly with great sharpness and clarity. TFS.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-29 11:09]

Hi Siegfried. AYou have a good close up of the Fly which you have captured with good detail and colours. good use of the light to make the wings shine. well done TFS. good notes too.

Hi Siegfried,

good composition and great details.
Very sharp macro shot.


Hallo Siegfried,
European hoverfly or Eristalis tenax is one of the most popular insects on TN, nowadays. I took also some shots of this beautiful species. It looks beautiful and looks like a honey-bee. Your capture also great. Nicely composed it on yellow flowers. Focus, POV/OOF and light are great. Also colors are very nice. Danken, have a nice evening.

Hello Siggi,
Another great and fine macro from you!
so sharp with great details even the pollens can be seen from it's body!
I compliment for this great shot!
many thanks for the sharing

Gran reaslismo en esta toma típica del Otoño: abejas y moscas sobre todo en flores amarillas.
Un enfoque muy preciso y una gran profundidad. El ángulo muy acertado por la visión que nos da de la escena. Buen trabajo.
Saludos: J. Ignasi Tejedor.

Hello Siegfried,

Excellent composition. Great POV, DOF and sharpness of this eristalis. Splendid detail. Good light and wonderful colours.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-09-30 2:05]

Hi Siggi
He looks like he has been rolling in the flowers.
It's a good shot of him - very sharp and clear. Very good up-close image
Well done

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-30 4:15]

Hello Siggi, Very nice view and a sharp picture. Well done. Ganesh

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-30 7:51]

Hello Siggi,
Excellent maccro of E. tenax taken from a fine dorsal POV with great sharpness and nicely composed on and with the yellow flowers.
TFS this beauty,

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