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Helophilus Pendulus

Helophilus Pendulus
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Copyright: Ruta Saulyte Laurinavicie (rsaulyte) Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 26 N: 26] (284)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C765 UZ
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-16 5:28
Viewed: 4210
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Helophilus pendulus is a European hoverfly. Its scientific name means "dangling swamp-lover" (from ancient greek Ηλος / Helos, «marsh, swamp»).

It has black and yellow longitudinal stripes on the upper surface of its thorax. The abdomen is patterned with yellow, black and grey. It has a black central face-stripe. It has a wing-length of 8.5 - 11.25 mm.

It is associated with a wide variety of waterbodies, from large lakes and rivers down to areas as small as ditches, small ponds or even muddy puddles. Larvae have even been found in cow-dung, very wet manure or very wet old sawdust.

This species visits flowers; it also commonly rests on leaves. It often emits a buzzing sound when resting. It is a notable wanderer and can be found well away from water. The larvae feed on detritus.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-10-16 5:35]

Ruta, es excelente los detalles de esta perfecta macro... GENIAL, muchos saludos

Very nice photo. Great composition and light.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-10-16 7:35]

Hello Ruta,
You have captured this hoverfly in fine detail with the white flower providing an excellent BG.
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-10-16 7:49]

Hi Ruta,
Excellent shot of this little Hoverfly and the beautiful flower. Very sharp focus on insect, the wings look very crisp against the light background. I like the way you've cropped it.
TFS, Ulla

Great portrait. Very very clear and detail. Great pic Ruta Saulyte Laurinavicie. I like it. TFS.

Wow, excellent sharpness!
Great white and yellow blands of colors that are nice and natural.
Love that your bee is in good focus. I see your point of putting the flower dead centre but i wonder how it'd look like if it was a much tighter off centre crop.

Espectacular macro con detalles estupendos. Perfecta nitidez y grandes detalles.
Enhorabuena Ruta.
Saludos, JL.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-16 14:03]

Hi Ruta,

An excellent shot of this hoverfly well composed with a lovely flower as BG,well done and TFS,


  • Great 
  • moujac (55)
  • [2006-10-16 14:45]

magnifique vues, couleurs douces, netteté parfaite,
trés bon commentaire.

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  • Emile (0)
  • [2006-10-16 17:25]

Great macro. Wings especially look very sharp, with very fine detail. Good choice of cropping, so that the delicate flower fills all of the frame. Good job.

  • Great 
  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-11-03 2:30]

wow! great shot with an outstanding focus and details! great composition and exposure.
very well done!


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