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'Tiger Fly'

'Tiger Fly'
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-27 10:14
Viewed: 2945
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Temnostoma bombulans

This hover-fly (family Syrphidae) is a mimic of the true wasp - Dolichovespula media. It only lacks the long thick black antennae and orange-yellow legs of the wasp. In order to imitate the wasp, the hoverfly uses its first pair of black legs as antennae and keeps waving them as if they were antennae and not legs.

It is a hoverfly that is usually found in humid conditions in deciduous forests where the larva feed on decaying hard wood and rotting logs. The adults visit flowers in open spaces and meadows and fly from late May to late July. It is a species that is only found in the south-eastern part of Sweden, while presumably common in Europe.

This was captured from a distance of 30 cm with the camera handheld. It has been cropped and sharpened.

Its Swedish name is 'Ängstigerfluga' = ‘Meadow Tiger Fly’.

CatherineD, marius-secan, maurydv, Alex99, siggi, jusninasirun, Noisette, maaciejka, CeltickRanger has marked this note useful
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Hello Ulla,
I didn't know this species. Very interesting, especially the forelegs used as antennae! Nice colours and natural composition. All the best,

Ciao Ulla, lovely hoverfly, I never see this specie, fine details, splendid colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Ulla
thanks ,this is a nice compo with good details and lovely colours
very nice picture
greeting lou

Hello Ulla,
Excellent capture with splendid details and very nice colors.
Great composition with lovely clarity and very good light.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-27 10:44]

Hello Ulla,
Very nice photo of this hover-fly. Beautiful natural colours, good sharpness and a pleasing composition.

Hallo Ulla,
a very beautiful macro shot of this hover-fly, splendid natural colours, interesting yellow-black contrast in this insect, very good sharpness, nice composition
Best regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-12-27 11:05]

Hi Ulla.
I have never met this species. It is very attractive and upper POV is very nice to show all its features. Details are very nice and leaves create a wonderful canvas for this little beauty. Well done and kind wishes.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2010-12-27 11:21]

Hi Ulla,
Very nice hover-fly taken from a nice angle. I think because of the 1/50 we can see some movement on the head. Very good colours and use of the light.
Happy new year to you and your family.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-27 12:21]

Hello Ulla.
Very good capture of this hoverfly, superb sharpness and clarity, wonderful details, beautiful colors and nice contrast,Best regartds Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-27 16:32]

Hi Ulla,very nice and interesting specie.I don't know if is beacuse is too late and my eyes are tireds,but the sharpness not seem good,maybe you work very hard in pp and there are a lot of noise too...but no problem,nobody is perfect,and you're the Queen of sharpness...ehehe...have a nice and warm day! Luciano

Hi Ulla.
Beautiful close-up with good composition and wonderful colours.
Regards, Christodoulos

Hi Ulla,

are this also an hooverfly? I think i dont know this specie.
Good from a little above pov sao you can ssee the details and colopaterns.
Very sharp with nice green bg.
Fine colors.


Hello Ulla.
This is really a unique looking hoverfly. I would have mistaken it for a wasp anytime.
The shot is wonderful and sharp with the compound eyes popping out and excellent details around the body.
Thanks and kind regards - Jusni

Hi Ulla,
An amazing composition with wonderful colours. Best regards, Pambos

hello Ulla
i have never seen this species of hoverfly, i like his black and yellow colors, nice contrast against the green surooundings, and excellent sharp details on the insect, great composition
Have a good night

Hi Ulla,
thanks for this picture of hover-fly. Good sharpness, colours and composition.
Well done.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-12-29 4:58]

Merhaba Ulla,
muhteşem bir doğal ambiyans !,Tebrik ederim.
MERRY CHRISTMAS and a wonderful New Year

hello Ulla

an excellent photo of this insect with a very fine POV,
great focus sharpness and details, excellent contrast,



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