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A Natural Deformity

A Natural Deformity
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Syrphidae (Hover flies) of Europe-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-03 7:50
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hoverfly (Syrphus vitripennis)

Swedish name for hoverfly: Blomfluga

When I looked at this image after taking the photograph of this hoverfly I noticed the asymmetry of the markings on the abdomen. This is most probably due to some disturbance during its development in the pupal stage. It looks like one segment of the abdomen didn’t completely form and the underdeveloped bit fused with the adjacent segments.

One can speculate how this deformity has affected the way this hoverfly could live, but it could certainly fly and presumably feed on the nectar or pollen of these Umbelliferous small white flowers (Pimpinella saxifraga), but whether it could reproduce is open to speculation.

This species is common in most parts of Europe. The macro was taken at distance of about 20 cm (8 in) with my compact camera. After fairly heavy cropping and size reduction the image was selectively sharpened.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-03 8:09]

Hello Ivan
Nice capture with fine details. I like colors and light og this shot.

merhaba Ivan
This is great macro shot for both Syrphip fly and white flowers. Great focus and details under fine lighting. Nicely composed. Thanks for sharing, my friend.
sorry for my silence, two weeks ago, my computer, harddisk etc were stolen from car. So, my photographes flew. I hope I came back to TN short time later.
best wishes to you and Ulla.

Hi Ivan,
A nice capture of this beautiful hover fly. The deformity is clearly visible. A very good image. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Ivan, an interesting asymetry of the markings. In some species of herptiles we use this feature for identification of the species diagnosis, if it is so stable in high proportion.
TFS this fine shot my friend,


Hello Ivan
A beautifully presented image of this hoverfly with as you say a definite deformity in the abdomen.
Deformity in the insect world is something rarely seen and it must happen equally if not more frequently than say birds or mammals.
All the Best

Hi Ivan,
Wonderful macro shot of this Syrphus vitripennis.
Great focus with very fine details.
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-03 9:44]

Hello Ivan,
Nice hoverfly picture. Excellent DOF and a great POV. The white flower frames the insect nicely. Great colours and composition.
Best regards Siggi

HI Ivan,
yes, you are right, asymmetric - I never saw such a one before - or I have not noticed it.
So your shot is very special, sure with excellent quality, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-03 10:01]

Hi Ivan,

You are so right about the irregular markings! Interesting to see this and I'm glad you explained the probable causes. The fly seems to be doing well enjoying the beautiful flowers. Colors and details are excellent - I love the wings. Beautiful setting and composition.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-03 10:41]

Hi Ivan. This a a very clear well detail picture you have had in your archives. Your POV lets us see all of the top view with fine detail and bright colours. The light is making the wings shine. well done TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-03 10:43]

Hello Ivan,
What a wonderful clear coloured photo. The light looks also amazing. Even the finest details are visible. The DOF and diagonal composition are splendid. What a beauty!

hello Ivan
great macro picture
i live the details and the nice composition
greeting lou

Ciao Ivan, splendid hoverfly with interesting natural deformity, fantastic details and excellent sharpness, great light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-02-03 11:46]

Hello Ivan,
You found a very interesting Blomfluga, great POV and excellent
macro.. Well done


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-03 12:33]

Hi Ivan,
Excellent close up of this Hoverlfy.Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear.I liked lghting,POV and sharpness also a lot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-02-03 12:36]

Hi Ivan!

Very interesting observation. Maybe it is some kind of mutation? Hard to say how often it takes place because it is visible mostly on photos I think. I've never seen such deformed insect. Photo is as always very good with high quality and nice subject.

A perfect capture of quite an interesting situation Ivan, a similar deformity in vertebrates is known as scoliosis, but this is the first time I'm seeing such a deformity in an invertebrate. Should be a rare occurrence my friend, TFS it indeed!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2009-02-03 13:03]

Hello Ivan
A curious hoverfly captured with exquisite detail. Very nice composition, light and colors and interesting document.
Best regards

Well how about that...it's never too late when one has a good computer archive I always say..Very nicely done Ivan..Is that coriander or something larger?

hello Ivan
Splendid shot of this hoverfly surrounded of all this little white flowers
beautiful diagonal composition
great details and colors

hello Ivan

first i want to say if your did'nt tell about that deformity
i would'nt know about it (not beeing insect photographer),
we are here to view and love nature images and also to learn,

beautiful photography of this insect, shot with fine POV and framing,
i love that with the insect also all the small flowers are in focus
and also love to see details on the blurred background, TFS


Hej Ivan,
Excellent capture of this beautiful Hoverfly; good POV and composition, sharp fine details, bright natural colours. The Finnish name for Hoverfly is a direct translation from Blomfluga.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-02-03 15:38]

Hello Ivan !
Excellent capture of this very special Hoverfly ! I love his unusual markings, I didn't know something like this could exist. Excellent details, nice natural colors, beautiful POV from above, and I also love all these little white flowers all arounf the Hoverfly. Very well done !

Hello Ivan,
A beautifully composed shot of this hoverfly with perfect sharpness and natural colour.
The assymetrical pattern is indeed very strange ... something I've never seen before.
It also looks quite similar to another common hoverfly here,Eristalsis tenax.
Jolly good work.
Cheers & TFS,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-02-03 21:42]

hi ivan,
very good observation of this unusual specimen of hover fly. somewhere down the line there may be some mutation of its genes. tfs.

Hallo Ivan
I really fancy this photo. It is colourful and bright, and the colours creates the feeling of cheerfulness and a sunny atmosphere. I just love the shine on the wings, the fine bodyhairs and the big eyes. In overall this is a warm and inviting to look at image. Oh and before I forget, the tiny white flowers is beautiful. It is flowers that will fit nicely in a little girls hair. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-02-04 1:03]

Hola Ivan,
fino ojo amigo, :))
buena macro y foco.
bella composición, flores preciosas.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-02-04 5:54]

Hi Ivan,
very well inspected and shown about the physical of this fly. The beauty of nature is so well shared with the colours and patterns besides those beautiful flowers accompanying the shot.
i like the positioning of the fly and also the symmetrical patterns of the branches in its blurry depiction. It combination make your shot so lovely.


Hello Ivan,

An excellent close-up, great detail and sharpness, and a nice composition. Your note is interesting too. I don't think I've ever seen such a variation in insects, quite rare, I would think.


Hello Ivan,
Excellent observation & details. TFS.

wonderful shot Ivan !
very beautiful colours , perfect sharp and fine details , good natural light and great DOF ,
well done !

When I say that you're an institutionin yourself, Ivan, I actually mean...Someone like me'd have overlooked any such detail!
The shot in itself is superb! I love the composition with the white flowers!

Hi Ivan,
what a beautiful view of this Hoverfly, outstanding sharpness and fine details;
excellent POV, DOF and natural colours.
TFS. Best regards.
Have a good weekend.

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