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Hoverfly and Yellow flower

Hoverfly and Yellow flower
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Copyright: Paras Bhalla (parasbhalla) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 254 W: 2 N: 914] (3634)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC P150
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-08 0:53
Viewed: 2678
Points: 14
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Information on "Hoverfly" from "WiKiPedia"

Flies in the family Syrphidae are commonly known as hoverflies, flower flies, or syrphid flies.

As their common names suggest, they are often seen hovering or nectaring at flowers; the adults of many species feed mainly on nectar and pollen, while the larvae (maggots) eat a wide range of foods. In some species, the larvae are saprotrophs, eating decaying plant and animal matter in the soil or in ponds and streams. In other species, the larvae are insectivores and prey on aphids, thrips, and other plant-sucking insects.

Aphids alone cause tens of millions of dollars of damage to crops worldwide every year; because of this, aphid-feeding hoverflies are being recognized as important natural enemies of pests, and potential agents for use in biological control. Some adult syrphid flies are important pollinators.

About 6,000 species in 200 genera have been described. Hoverflies are common throughout the world and can be found on every continent except Antarctica.[1] Hoverflies are harmless to most other animals despite their mimicry of the black and yellow stripes of wasps, which serves to ward off predators.

Stubbs, A.E. and Falk, S.J. (2002) British Hoverflies An Illustrated Identification Guide. Pub. 1983 with 469 pages, 12 col plates, b/w illus.British Entomological and Natural History Society [ISBN 1-899935-05-3]. 276 species are described with extensive keys to aid identification. 190 species are displayed on the colour plates. 2nd edition, pub. 2002, includes new British species and name changes. Also includes European species which are likely to be found in Britain. There are additional black & white plates illustrating the male genitalia of the difficult genera Cheilosia and Sphaerophoria.
Vockeroth , J.R. A revision of the genera of the Syrphini (Diptera: Syrphidae) Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Canada, no. 62:1-176. Keys subfamilies, tribes and genera on a world basis and under regions.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-08-08 2:39]

Slav Paras,
Very good macro shot of these hoverfly and yellow flower with splendid colors and composition.Great sharpness and details.Well done.

  • Great 
  • ravish (28)
  • [2009-08-08 2:43]

Namaste paras,
I liked the DOF.Liked the composition though it looks a bit tight initially but its more than compensated by the details of the flower's center and the hover fly.Very nice Macro indeed.Liked the influence of the yellow over the browns.Thanks for sharing.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-08-08 3:07]

Hello Paras
Nice composition and excellent details
Have a nice week-end

Hello Paras,

That was a lovely shot of the hoverfly perching onto the bright yellow flower!
The details are good and composition fine.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-08-08 8:21]

Hi Paras,this is a wonderful macro! Impressive quality of sharpness and focus,perfects colors and excellent composition too!My best compliments,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-09 8:06]

Hello Paras
Thank you for your kind words on completing my third anniversary with TN!
An excellent capture of this hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus
+: Sharpness, DOF, pose, POV, BG, composition, colours and lighting.
-: none, it's a great macro
Thanks again and best regards,

hello Paras
Great composition with very beautiful colours
super sharpness and good details
greeting lou

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