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Bee-fly,Villa Modesta

Bee-fly,Villa Modesta
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Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-08
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/11, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-12 8:58
Viewed: 5449
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After having already showed a Snakefly and a Syrphus ribesii,now another fly, eventually also a syrphidae. It's a quite hairy fly with some metallic stripes and a specially large end of abdomen, wich made me call it the "big bottom fly". I looked around in some Diptera sites, but I didn't find this one. I'm sure there will be somebody on TN to identify it.

Thanks so much to Ivan (Argus) for the identification: It is a
Bee-fly, Villa Modesta (see his critique)

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Hello Anne
Very nice shot of bee fly,
perfect composition and lighting,


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-12 10:46]

Hi Anne

Another splendid shot from you!
This is a high quality macro, with razor-sharp details and impeccable textures!
I also like the POV and DOF here, as well as the charming contrast between the yellows and the darker areas.
The reflection from the wings looks terrific, too.

Bravo and TFS

hi anne,
nice capture,
excellent sharpness, lovely details captured here,
composed beautifully,
tfs & regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-12 11:01]
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Hello Anne,
This is a fine macro showing a species of Bee Fly by the name of Villa modesta.
The female presses its sticky egg on sandy ground (that's why it needs a big bottom!). The stickiness of the egg collects sand, which protects it from the harmful effects of the sun and predators.
When the larva hatches it looks for a caterpillar, usually of some species of moth, by crawling up a plant. When it finds a host caterpillar it eats its way into it and becomes a parasite, gradually eating away its host.
TFS for posting this sharp and well composed shot of high quality, which easily allowed me to ID it.
Best wishes, Ivan

Very good macro of this hairy bee, Anne. Goes very well with the yellow flower for BG.
The details and colours are extra sharp.

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-02-12 11:44]

Hi Anne,
A hairy little chap indeed but sadly I have no name for it.A similarity between our latest images.A lovely closeup and I like how the light is reflected off its wings.Good detail and clarity....well done.
Regards, David

Belle capture Anne ! Les détails sont des plus précis et bien focussé sur l'insecte.
Bravo pour votre galerie, excellent travail.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-12 12:16]

Hi Anne.
Bravo. Very nice close-up. Combination of deep green and bright yellow colour tones are amazing as well as the exactness of reproduction of the insect and flowers. I like your asymmetric composition so much. Perfect done and TFS.

bonjour anne
cette syrphe est ssez discrete dans ses couleurs,
joliement detaillée et nette.
le BG lui est tres bien realisé avec un bon flou.

Bravo pour la netteté, et l'harmonie des couleurs
Merci de cette prise

Hi Anne, splendid macro, great sharpness and lovely details, excellent colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-12 15:19]
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Nice macro Anne with excellent focus and colors.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, sharpness, colors, DOF, focus, lighting, background, framing.

I like it: notes.

I don't like it: the loss of quality for the low compression of the image.

An interesting capture with pleasant point of view and framing something centered in the insect.
Why did you have kept the file with so few Kb.?
A cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2007-02-12 15:40]

Liebe Anne,
ja das ist ein ganz tolles Bild, das mich in Begeisterung versetzt. Ich habe noch nie eine Villa modesta gesehen (Bombyliidae, Wollschweber). Sie sind ja natürlicherweise selten. Du kannst uns ganz schön aufmischen! Danke fürs Bild!
mit herzlichen Grüssen,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-13 4:37]

Hello Anne,
Very fine capture of this Bee Fly. Nice lighting and very sharp and interesting details. I like the flower too against the dark background. Excellent composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Salut Anne
Superbe composition,j'aime bien l'éclairage et les magnifique couleurs de l'insecte et de sa fleur.

Bravo et au revoir...JP

Guten Tag, Anne,
fast habe ich erwartet, dieses Foto sei "frisch" in diesen milden Februartagen augenommen. Doch Gott sei Dank stammt es aus dem letzten Sommer, lichtdurchflutet, scharf und klar, schlicht und das Gemüt erwärmend.
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-02-13 14:57]

Hi Anne

Lovely bright, vibrant image. Lovely composition, lovely sharp details and wonderful lighting, especially on the wings



Hello Anne,
Beautiful macro. I like the sharp detail and colors I see. Great DOF, POV, BG, and the bit of shine off the wings adds well :)
Well done & TFS.

Hello Anne lovely crisp detail on the fly the shallow DOF is nice for the fly well composed TFS rgds Necip.

encore une jolie image, la fleur flou permet à l'insecte de bien ressortir
bien vu, bravo et merci

Hi Anne,
Is a perfect macro on this fly! I like sharp details all over the insect, specially "hairs"
Great job, Anne I think is your best macro shot.

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2007-02-17 11:07]

for me this is a terrific macro..
with colour and sharpness enhancing the natural aspects of the photo
background well blown out..

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-02-20 7:56]

Bonjour Anne, de beaux reflets sur les ailes et un bon piqué font de cette photos une réussite. Je suis d'accord avec RAP la compression es trop forte, 200 Ko sont permis !! Félicitations, Didier.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-02-24 21:17]

Hi Anne, this is a good capture of the fly. It is nice and sharp, good colours and lighting too. TFS

Great clear shot and I'm glad you got the ID on this.

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