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Dance fly - Empididae

Dance fly - Empididae
Photo Information
Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Sigma 70mm Macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-08 3:48
Viewed: 4273
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Other Common Names
The common names of true flies (order Diptera) are written as two words: crane fly, robber fly, bee fly, moth fly, fruit fly, etc.

The common names of non-dipteran insects that have "fly" in their name are written as one word: butterfly, stonefly, dragonfly, scorpionfly, sawfly, caddisfly, whitefly, etc.

Explanation of Names
Diptera means "two wings" (Greek di two, plus pteron wing). The usage dates back to Aristotle, who noted, correctly, that they were different from typical insects with four wings and that no two-winged insect had a stinger

English fly originally signified any flying insect, likely the reason we have the more specific "fly" terms, such as butterfly noted above. Fly likely derives from Old English fleogan meaning to fly (Partridge, Origins--a Short Etymological Dictionary of Modern English).

Diptera feeding on Iris Germanica.

Identified finally thanks to Ivan! Many thanks!

Gramineae, ramthakur, nagraj, marhowie, Dis. Ac., marius-secan, flashpoint, haraprasan, Pentaxfriend, cirano, anel, rommel, tcr, Black44, tuslaw, vipinbaliga, ekakouri has marked this note useful
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To tuslaw: Ronmwmod99 1 10-12 22:44
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Ciao George, great macro of beautiful fly, fantastic colorful BG, fine details, excellent sharpness and splendid colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

A great photo. I hope that, someone make ID of this pretty fly. TFS.

Kind regards

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-10-08 4:13]

Hello George
Really very interesting shot and insect. And composition is interesting too and vivid colors
Thanks for sharing

Diferente e explendida. Fundo criativo, boa composição, distancia focal, cores e definição. Gostei muito.


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  • Bac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 3 N: 33] (486)
  • [2010-10-08 4:54]


Belle photo, la qualité de la photo est vraiment impressionante,



Excellent macro of the Crane Fly, George.
Why is there the bluish tinge and what is the stuff the fly is sitting on?
The focus is very precise and the details on the insect are remarkable.
TFS and regards.

Ciao George. An outstanding impacting taken with magnificent colours and stunning details. Best compliments for one of your best!


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-10-08 5:56]

What a wonderful and interesting species of fly you got here, looks like its wielding a sword here, beautiful capture with such details and colors. tfs.

The iris makes a great backdrop for this tiny fly, nice details/colors.
Good DOF and a well composed closeup frame.
Well done & have a good weekend George! :)

Hi George,

what an suburp macro shot.
Razor sharpness, good low pov, detals and dof.
Fine colours.
Good work.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-08 10:06]

Hello George,
Fantastic photo of this fly. The sharpness and details are amazing. Nice colours, good POV and DOF.
Have a good weekend,

Hello George,
Outstanding colours and impeccable details. Very good light and perfect focus.

One of the beat macro photos I have ever seen.
Just perfect, well done!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-08 23:39]
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Hello George,
A superb macro of what I think is a species of Dance Fly, Empididae. The sharpness, colourful BG provided by the flower that it is on, the sharpness, DOF, good use of flash and composition make this an image up to professional standards.
Well done, thanks and have a good weekend,

Hi George,
Sorry I don't know the ID of this beautiful fly, but I think Ivan has identified it to some extent. A beautiful composition with the fly over a beautiful flower petal. Very good sharp details and a nice POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Fantastic shot George
Amazing sharp details
Perfect composition
Lovely colors
Beautiful POV,DOF and BG

TFS Thijs

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-10-09 13:56]

Hello George,
Indeed,this is very good macro!Excellent focus and great sharpness,details and wonderful colors.Very well done!..
TFS and regards,

Hi George,very nice macro capture.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-10-10 12:04]
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Hello George,
Funny and beautiful!! This shot looks like coming out of some cartoon for children, the little fly could be a creature for this kind of purpose. Amazing! Very original shot.
Have a nice evening

Hi George
Impressive image of the - according to Ivan - Dance Fly.

I wonder if the bloom is an Orchid?!? I am growing Orchids and most photographs of them show this sort of ''spongy'' surface...

The details of this insect are impressive!

Have a good week
Kind Regards

Hellow George,
Exceptional macro, clever contrasting BG and pinsharp subject.Very well done MF.

Hallo George,
this is a amazing macro shot, this tiny fellow it's even hard to focus on and here we can see tons of details and really good DOF
It stand out nicely with the beautiful blue so rounding of Germanica.
Great work, my friend.

Hello George friend,
Do not bother, but I'm glad you're back to insects and make a break between huges mammalian quadrupeds! ha ha ha:)
As always, great detailed macro, and a "special touch" added by the amazing bright purple environment. Congratulations!
Regards, TFS,
Have anice day MF!

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-10-11 8:30]

Nice scenario for a macro picture.
Unusual and beautiful colour and pleasing composition.

Hola George

Increible imagen y composición, una perfecta nitidez donde se aprecia perfectamente todos los detalles en la imagen tan elocuente. Una composición exquisita, y un buenisimo POV. Felicidades.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-10-12 17:14]
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Hello George,
Amazing image of this strange looking fly. It looks like part mosquito, part bee and part fly all thrown together.
The detail is superb and the colors are very beautiful. Excellent DOF and exposure. Great notes. Well Done!!

What is this pink color?A flower?


Hey George,
looks like a little monster from a Walt Disney film.
Great picture. Congratulation

Beautiful..!!! :-)

Hello George, macro photography assists the exposure of the finy details of small animals, increasing knowledge but mystery as well!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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