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Hoverfly Feeding (macro)

Hoverfly Feeding (macro)
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Copyright: Mike Muizebelt (Mousehill) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 64 N: 183] (754)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax *ist DS
Exposure: f/22, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hoverflies II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-09-30 5:24
Viewed: 5236
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A brightly coloured winged insect. Hoverflies usually have spots, stripes, or bands of yellow or brown against a dark-coloured background, sometimes with dense hair covering the body surface. Many resemble bees, bumble bees, and wasps (displaying Batesian mimicry) and most adults feed on nectar and pollen. (Family Syrphidae (numbering over 2,500 species), suborder Cyclorrhapha, order Diptera, class Insecta, phylum Arthropoda.)

One of the most characteristic features of hoverflies is the presence of a longitudinal false vein in the wing.

About the photo:
Because the light on this particular flower was so nice I crouched beside it and waited for the visitors to come by. I used a 100mm macro lens with tubes attached to it to take the photo. Additional lighting came from my flash mounted to the side of the camera with a bracket.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-09-30 5:33]

Hello Mike!
Wonderful macro,crisp clear and razorsharp.I liked vivid colors,lighting,POV,DOF,framing and composition a lot.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-09-30 5:49]

You, you have some wonderful macro shots of hoverflies on flowers. The colours are excellent and all are nice and sharp, showing such great clarity. Very well done. I like this one very much, thank you.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-09-30 7:20]

What a superb and interesting macro that you have well done ! I appreciate the great colors and sharpness ! Thanks for sharing Mike.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-09-30 7:33]

Hi Mike!

Very good portrait of one of my favourite insects. Beautifull colours of flower and fly's body. Great details and sharpness. One of best h-flies' shots on TN.

Hello Mike!
Excellent macro.Details,sharpness,colors and composition are perfect.Very well done!Thanks for sharing.

Hi Mike,
Superb macro!! The colors, detail, and DOF are perfect. A job very well done.


Dear Mike,
Excellent macro shot. Excellent olours and sharpness. TFS
Regards, Fabien

Hi Mike,
your photos are realy wonderful, I'm waiting for them every day and never been disapointed.
The colours and sharpness of this one are perfect, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

prachtig Mike.
uitstekende compositie, mooie kleuren, goede pov en uitstekende dof, erg profesioneel, goed werk.
gr. Jaap

what a wonderully crisp photo. I tried somethign similar a few days ago, but everything landed on all the other flowers and not the one I was setup for. Such is life.

The colours and focus are amazing.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-02 13:37]


1) The colors of the insect are very beautiful; black and yellow really work well together;

2) The flower also has an amazing color.

This is a very beautiful image. Excellent colors, pov and composition; great job with flash.


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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-10-02 15:10]

Excellent macro shot Mike.
Composition,pov,vivid colors,focus,sharpness and frame.TFS

Hi Mike, This is very nice. I love the colors and the details are very nice. I do think the brightness is a bit high and by tweaking the brightness/contrasts you will see an improvement. Try it and let me know.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-10-05 21:10]

Bonjour Mike, what amazing macro!! Colors, composition and sharpness are perfect. Very well done TFS Didier.

Hi Mike,
A very good macro shot.
Colors are great and sharp is good.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-10-08 21:41]

This one belongs togenus Helophilus. A very nice composition of colour elements. Great DOF. Greetings! Michal

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-09 13:48]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Mike. Have a good week.

Absolutely spectacular capture, Mike! Your DOF is perfect, and colors and lighting are wonderful. Those compound eyes are so strange. Thanks for sharing!


Very beautiful composition. Nice fly inside flower. Good sharpness, details and colors.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-12-09 12:37]

Hi Mike, very nice shot. It looks like Helophilus sp to me probably H. pendulus. It's a very nice shot, I love the colours and the composition. Very good work.

Wonderful photo. Sharp, clear, and superb color!


Another excellent macro shot. Both the colors of the flower as well as the hoverfly are impressive. Sharpness is spot on. I think I need to buy a flash to in order to be able to decrease the aperture on my macro shots and not having too slow shutter speeds like you doing for your pictures.
Thanks for sharing.

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