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Striped Hoverfly

Striped 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: 2008-08-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Samsung digimax D103
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/350 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Syrphidae, Syrphidae (Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-28 1:00
Viewed: 4275
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Helophilus pendulus, lateral view

Dutch name: Gewone pendelvlieg
French name: Hélophile suspendu

Also known as the sun fly, as it does not appear until the sun is shining. It is a common and widespread hoverfly and the adults may be found in numbers around muddy puddles, ditches and the shallow margins of ponds.

It is a notable wanderer and can be found well away from water. The larva is a rat-tailed maggot with a long and telescopically extensible breathing tube which enables it to breathe, whilst submerged, in farmyard drains, very wet manure and very wet, old sawdust. The flight period is between April and October.

(source www.plantpress.com/wildlife/o385-helophiluspendulus.php)

See also a dorsal view here.

When I took the picture the weather was overcast and I had to use the flash.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-28 1:31]

Hi Marie,
Very nice close up.POV,sharpness,colors and DOF are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-28 1:52]

Hello Marie,
I didn't see many of this species last summer, they're beauties and you show a fine side-view here as a complement to your previous dorsal view. Great details and natural colours and well cvomposed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-28 1:59]

Hi Marie,
Beautiful macro shot. Sharp focus and well exposed image. POV and composition are great. Very well done and tfs.
Regards Siggi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-28 2:00]

Hello Marie,
I like the side POV of this H. pendulus, a species that is so often shown from a dorsal view. Nice focusing and sharpness that even shows the stinging hairs of the nettle leaf that it has settled on. Nice lighting and composition too.
TFS this fine macro,

Hi Marie,
What an excellent and razor sharp macro capture of this beautifully paterned Striped Hoverfly. İ also liked its natural posture here. Great job indeed.
TFS this fine image my friend.


A "swamp lover" captured expertly from a lateral POV, which is not usually preferred for a hoverfly Marie, but I'm glad you preferred this aspect as your main image to the more usual dorsal aspect given in the WS. Here the powerful thorax is more evident and it is easier to see the huge eye covering the whole anterior part of the face. TFS this revealing image.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-11-28 7:43]

Hello Marie, wonderful close up with splendid details, colours and composition.
TFS and G's,

Hello Mariki
Superb macro shot of thishoverfly with wonderful details and sharpness.
TFS and regards,

Hello Mariki, great close up shot of this colourfull hoverfly. Details and composition are splendid.
TFS and greetings,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-28 12:59]

Hi Marie. A very clear side view of this Hoverfly which you have taken with good detail and bright colours. It stands out well from the dark Bg. well done TFS.

Have a nice weekend.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-11-28 14:13]

hello marie
wonderful close-up capture of this beautiful species
i like POV, DOF, light, colours and details of head

Hello Marie,
excellent macro with such good closeness of it!
good sharpness, nice colour and details here
well done
take care and warmest regards

Hi Mariki, superb macro of splendid hoverfly, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Good use of flash under overcast conditions Marie.
You've brought out some great details, and I like this POV/comp.
Thanx for the workshop view also :)

Hi Mariki,

A nice composition and sharp image of this handsome little fly.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-29 8:38]

Hi Marie,
Wonderful shot of this great looking Hoverfly and I like your chosen POV to portray it. Nice colours and sharpness and you have used the flash lighting well here. Very nicely composed.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-11-29 21:02]

Merhaba Marie!
Bu kez yandan bir bakış açısıyla kaydettiğin bu böcek diğerleri gibi hoş bir kompozisyon içinde. Renkler ve ayrıntılar enfes. Eline sağlık.


To my great surprise, I saw and shot a Hoverfly in my school today, Marie. I thought they had all gone in April this year.
Apparently, you took this image in summer and it is a prize shot. The image gives the effect as if the Hoverfly is made from gold.
The eye in particular has been captured extremely well.
Thanks and regards.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-12-03 19:25]

Détails fantastiques Marie! L'oeil est remarquable, excellente pdc et l'exposition est impeccable, merci!


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-12-04 12:33]

Hi Marie

This is a beautifully sharp and detailed macro shot. Great POV and fine colours as well. Very nice work



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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-12-04 12:49]

Bonsoir Marie Christine!

Tu nous présentes une belle prise de vue rapprochée qui met bien en évidence les particularités de cet insecte. La lumière du flash crée des contrastes assez dures, mais n'est pas du tout dérangeante. La bonne netteté souligne des détails intéressants. En plus, j'aime beaucoup des notes instructives.



hi Marie Christine,
this is a very nice image of this "elegant" insect, the picture is very bight and clear, brava
kind regards

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