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Copyright: Vicky Adams (Vicky) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 94] (468)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000, Fujinon 6x zoom
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Devon and Cornwall visit 2005
Date Submitted: 2005-09-08 17:40
Viewed: 3663
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yet another insect pic. I'm pretty sure it's a hoverfly and not a bee, but I will bow to the expertise of those who know and admit I'm wrong if I am!

Anyway, she was scratching around on a daisy in the garden of our holiday cottage.

Sharpened and run through NeatImage.

With enormous thanks to Philippe for the ID, here are some notes:-

The Drone-flies Eristalis tenax and similar, are particularly noted for their mimicry of Honeybees.

What do they look like?
The Drone-Fly is 10-12 mm long. It's body is darkish brown with orange-yellow patches on the sides and upper surface and it is covered with short fine hairs. It looks remarkably like a Honeybee but, unlike the bee, it has only one pair of wings. It has large eyes, it's antennae are inconspicuous and it's body does have a narrow waist. It also has no sting!

Where do they live?
The adults feed on nectar from flowers and are often seen hovering in front of flower blooms in gardens in both urban and rural areas. The larvae feed on rotting organic material in stagnant water in a variety of locations.

The Drone-Fly is widely found in mainland Britain.

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Right first time! This is a very good picture of Eristalis tenax (female). You can tell the species by the double line of darker and longer hair that crosses the eyes vertically - which you can see very well in this excellent shot. Good POV and sharpness. Good BG too.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-09-09 9:06]
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Hi Vicky,

Well done on the capture and composition.
Tip, as a former user of the Fuji, careful on the super crop in post pro, the quality tends to drop as the fuji can't handle such cropping. USM is a bit high on this one as there are crystals.
The best home macro for the fuji is found in a workshop I posted, "The true sh_tfly." on page 5 in my pics. You'll see other macro I did with this lens.
Excellent work though.


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  • Phoki Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 21] (284)
  • [2005-09-14 8:36]

Excellent shot!Great!!

Very good macro shot Vicky.
I like the composition. The flower in the BG is lovely. The sharpens it's a litle bit strong. Beautiful and natural colors.

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