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Phasia hemiptera

Phasia hemiptera
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-31 5:43
Viewed: 3616
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Phasia hemiptera (Fabricius, 1794)
Family: Tachinidae

Phasia hemiptera is a large fly found throughout Northern and Southern Europe. It is a strongly sexually dimorphic species, males being more colourful with curved patterned and black striped wings (like here). Like most tachinid flies, the female lays her eggs on other insects, the larvae then develop inside the living host, devouring it and eventually killing it. Its main hosts are the Forest bug (Pentatoma rufipes) and the Green shield bug (Palomena prasina). (Wikipedia)

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Hi Catherine
Outstanding close-up...Excellent detail and natural color...POV and composition are great...TFS

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-10-31 6:08]

Hi Catherine,
A nice fly macro composition ...
Very beautiful color and sharp detail.
have a nice weekend,

Hi Catherine,

A fly designer, fair and accurate, well detailed, with its textures nicely registered in the photo. Excellent composition, very well determined.



Beautiful capture! Nice detailed shot!



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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-10-31 8:49]

Wonderful macro !
Great details to this lovely fly!

Wonderful fly1
Great details to this lovely macro.

hello Catherine
super sharpness and good details
great macro shot
very good soft light
beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hi Catherine,

Wonderful macro capture of the large fly with great details! I like the sharpness and POV here with great show of natural colors. A great contrast can be seen between the colors of the fly and the white beauties.

Very well done!

best regards,

Ciao Catherine. Good details DOF and contrast against blurred BG. Amazing bright colours. Have a nice Sunday.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-11-01 5:32]

Hi Catherine.
Very cute close-up with so attractive subject, impressive composition and framing. Exposure of the image, delicateness of its colours are spot on as well as details. Image is soft a bit but it is not a point at all. My kind regards and TFS.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-11-05 12:42]

Hi Catherine,
you really entertain us TN watchers well with your interesting fly portraits. This Phasia male is quite something. Excellent how you treated the reflections on the wings. You also mastered the white color of the flowers. The body of the fly is not entirely sharp, this must have to do with the exposure time, 1/60 sec. This was obviously the price to pay when you work in the shade, the advantage being subdued light for the fly. Well done, Catherine.
Best regards

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