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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Best of Canon S2-IS, Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-16 5:18
Viewed: 4633
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of my favourite flies today. In English it is called Zigzag Beefly, not bad name, but I think Polish is more adequate - She-mourner. It is dark, grim and gloomy. Latin name - Hemipenthes morio - is also related to death. Very stylish fly :-) It can be found on sunny roads near forests, it flies from May to August. Very common this year in my neighbourhood. 5-14 mm long. Very stealth ;-) - it is hard to find info about this fly on Internet in English. Larvae feed on butterflies' caterpillars and, surprisingly, they eat also larvae of other parasitic insects which parasitize caterpillars. Nature is very inventive :-)

phlr, Oz1, scottevers7, valy67, eruyanik, Fisher, aido, liquidsunshine, ramthakur, thistle, Janice, TAZ, dew77, firelord, meyerd has marked this note useful
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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-06-16 6:28]

Hi Grzegorz,
Beautifull colors and details.
a perfect macro shot!

Hi Greg,
Excellent shot here on this fly. The exposure looks spot on in this quality light. Great job getting all the texture and detail in the black colored fly. Very cool! This one looks more like an alien space ship.

Hi Greg ! I've never seen this before, you seem to have a lot of wonderful and strange insects in Poland. I love its wings, they are very beautiful. Details, colors, exposure and textures are fantastic, and I alos like the composition very much. Very well done !

Hello greg, ecllent details, Everything is so crisp, perfefect colors, BG, POV, DOF, perfect Job, TFS Kyle

Hello Greg,
Very interesting species indeed! i like its wings a lot. pov is great and so close shot! Details, leaf, bg, focusing is all great too!
Thank you!

Hi Greg,

It's a beauty, well done on the capture and composition.


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-16 9:00]

Hi Greg,
I have to say this is an absolutely stunning macro shot! Perfect detail in the head, beautiful colours and textures in the wings, even the leaf is perfect. Exposure is (I tried to think of another word but can't :-)) perfect! Beautifully framed, a fantastic shot. Great note and I must agree, nature is very inventive :-)

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  • BeBe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 123 W: 0 N: 253] (931)
  • [2006-06-16 9:08]

Hi Grzegorz, excellent sharp macro photo of this interesting fly, very good composition and combination of colors, Juan

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-06-16 11:05]

Wow, Grzegorz. I am not usually into flies, but I have to admit that you captured this one beautifully. Sharpness, exposure, POV, and composition are all excellent. I love that bright green leaf: a great BG to bring out the solemn colors of the fly.
TFS. : )

Hello Greg,

Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.

Poland played so well against Germany on Wednesday night. It was a shame to see them go out at the group stages.

Fantastic shot of this uncommon fly, Greg.
I have seen this creature for the first time through the medium of your extremely sharp and colourful image.
What a great POV, focus, details and colours.
Thanks for sharing this gem of a picture.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-06-16 17:14]

A new fly to me Greg. And you show it so very smartly too. It's an excellent shot of the fly, sharp and clear, a good job my friend.
Thank you

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-17 0:25]

What a beautiful and interesting macro that you have well done ! Composition, colors, exposure and sharpness are very good ! Because of you I discover this species. Congratulations Greg and thanks for sharing.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-17 3:32]

Hello Greg,
Very interesting fly,it's new to me.Details are crisp clear.I liked POV,lighting,framing and composition also a lot.

Hello Greg,
Superb shot! I've never seen anything like that! The wings look great, both parts of them - the black and transparent ones. I like the green BG a lot too. Very good details, POV and framing too.
Great finding and great shot!

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-06-17 3:59]

Amaising details of this insect!
Very good use of the DOF!
Excellent POV!
Deserves more then 2 points!
Keep on going and TFS!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-06-17 7:07]
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Hi Greg
Wow, what an interesting beefly. I have never seen it before so thanks for the introduction. You have captured it so well with this top-down POV and it captured some lovely details of the insect.
You presented it in a great composition with stunning colours, superb details, lovely BG, and excellent exposure.
Very well done and TFS.

Kapitalna fotka! Od 3 lat zasadzam sie, by sfotografowac te bujanke (Bombyliidae), ale bez efektu. Im dluzej przegladam Twoje zdjecia tym bardziej zaluje, ze jeszcze nie odwiedziles nas na zebraniu PTE w Lodzi :)
Serdecznosci! Radek

Hi Grzegorz,

this picture was posted on the opening page of TN. It dates from a time when I was'nt a TN member yet. Your portrait of the very unusual bee-fly is so impressive it caught my eye right away. You did a very good job handling the many shades of black on the fly. And your comment is really appreciated.

My best regards

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