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Hoverfly on Leaf

Hoverfly on Leaf
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-03-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-05-08 23:26
Viewed: 1599
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hoverflies make their appearance in spring gardens in our country for a short while. Then they disappear. There were plenty of them in our school garden this year. I shot this one on a leaf with my 105mm macro lens.

Hoverflies, sometimes called flower flies, or syrphid flies, make up the insect family Syrphidae. As their common name suggests, 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-eating 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.


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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2016-05-09 0:53]

Very beautiful capture, Ram.

The lighting is dramatic. The POV unusual. The colors, including the phonic effects of the wings, impressive.

Well done!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-05-09 3:57]

Hi Ram,good sharpness but not the best,still a good pic of this small fly,i like a lot the colorful effect of light on the wings.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hello Ram
Very atractive picture my Friend.Perfect composition wonderful natural colors.Excelĺent sharpness. Beautiful work!
Have a good day and thanks for Your atention.
Best wishes

hallo Ram
very nice picture with good details and lovely colours
thanks gr lou

Hello Ram

The lateral light with the way is framed this insect,
it gives a beautiful perspective effect to the image,
I also love the shadow and light effect, TFS


Hello Ram,
an impressingly highlighted, powerfully three-dimensional image showing the fragile beauty of a small hoverfly from very close distance. Its strongly lighted irridescent wings are standing out perfectly from dark green shadows of its stage, the leaf. My compliments to you for your photographic skills.
Thank you! With best regards,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-05-15 16:55]

Hello Ram,
I've been away from my computer for a while during the bird migration here in Ohio and have missed quite a few photos. This one if the hoverfly is great and shows it's unique features in fine detail. Amazing how much they actually resemble a bee. Nice rich colors and wonderful exposure. I like the way the lighting has illuminated the wings giving them a rainbow like effect of color.

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