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Marmalade Hoverfly

Marmalade Hoverfly
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Género: Animals
Medio: Color
Tomada el: 2008-07-23
Categorías: Insects
Cámara: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro EX APO IF HSM, Digital ISO-200, Kood 72mm UV filter
Exposición: f/16, 1/200 segundos
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Versión de la foto: Versión original
Fecha enviada: 2008-10-28 3:14
Vista: 2693
Puntos: 54
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Here's a little hoverfly which I found on this pink plant :-)

I hope you like it!

Marmalade hoverfly - Episyrphus balteatus

An orange and black banded hoverfly with a distinctive pattern of faint stripes on the body, this species is widespread and very common. Hoverflies are useful insects to encourage in a garden as most species feed on aphids and this one is no exception.

In most years numbers are greatly boosted by immigration from the continent.

Predatory: larvae eat aphids; adults are nectar feeders in garden flowers.

Butterfly bush, Californian poppy, Cat's-ear, Cherry laurel, Cow parsley, Dandelion, Fennel, Guelder rose, Hogweed, Michaelmas daisy, Ox-eye daisy, Rough chervil


LordPotty, maurydv, nglen, uleko, eqshannon, loot, Maite, Alex99, matatur, rousettus, Adanac, Pentaxfriend, Luis52, boreocypriensis ha puntuado esta nota como útil.
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Ciao Joe, my today neighbour, splendid macro of beautiful hoverfly, wonderful colors and fine details, bravo, I like a lot, cioa Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-28 4:02]

hi joe,
so close, looks like a killer but very pretty. nice details and colors. tfs.

Wonderful colurs and detail in this shot Joe.
It really does look like marmalade, only crunchier ;)
I'm not sure what the plant is but it almost looks like a heather of some kind.
Great shot!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6148 W: 89 N: 15271] (63920)
  • [2008-10-28 5:09]

Hi Joe,wonderful portrait of this little hoverfly,the details are at the top,i like a lot the warms colors too and the perfect POV,thanks for share your class,have a nice day,Luciano

You and Luis did the hoverfly close-ups today. Must be the season! haha Perfect details and wonderful dof with the darker background. Guess it's the fill flash that causes that.

Just perfect, Joe,
what else can be said ...
Excellent sharpness, brilliant colours, I like it very much. Now we have to wait for a long time to see all the wonderful insects again, brrrrr, cold winter!!!
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Ciao Joe,
spettacolare macro, eccellenti POV e DOF, fantastica la definzione dei dettagli, magnifici i colori e BG.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-28 6:42]

Hi Joey. Long gone is the summer when you took this colourful Hoverfly. Your use of the flash has given it a shine and bright colours. Fine detail and POV/DOF. well done TFS. Good notes too.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2008-10-28 7:00]

Hello Joe,
Excellent macro of this little Hoverfly from a fine POV. Great sharpness and fine natural colours. It looks good on the flowers and against the soft background. Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

I can see why they call it as they do...did you know?..on Christmas day I make a special biscuit with marmalade...orange of course..and quite tasty if I do say so myself:-)
Your bumping it up again Joey..I keep a close eye on on your dailies...You must have some tremendous knowledge..I would hazard that in many areas..you are quite a bit more accomplished than I....you really get down and study your work, then make sure all is correct before you post...super job..

Hi Joey,
I really must buy that lens!! Excellent detail and deep DOF. Good colours too. Thanks.

Wow! Fantastic shot of a Hoverfly in a rare stationary pose.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5551 W: 721 N: 4164] (11276)
  • [2008-10-28 10:40]

Hi Joe

Excellent capture of this hoverfly.
Really sharp details, lovely colour saturation and spot-on exposure.

I was seriously contemplating on purchasing a Sigma 180mm Macro, but instead I got myself the Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM lens. Actually it was more of a practical consideration as my legs do not want to co-operate that well anymore while running after little insects for macro photography. So, I'll rather stick to shooting from the safety and comfort of my car where the 500mm is much more convenient.

Well done and TFS.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-10-28 10:50]

Hello Joe
Magnificent macro from a splendid POV! I love the colors and the composition.
My compliments and best regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-28 11:28]

Hi Joe.
We have the same species in our places. I like to shoot them too. Superb macro shot with great yse of flash, perfect DOF and tremendous sharpness/details. Direct POV is very impressive also as well as the framing of the scene. Bravo. Excellent job. I'll-be-back.

You've captured a fine image of that hoverfly Joe, which displays its salient characteristics perfectly against an OOF BG. Wouldn't want one of these in my marmelade during my breakfast though...

Hello Joe,
Very nice details and beautiful colours. Very good use of the flash, still natural. Best regards,

Hello Joe,
a great macro shot for this fly under nice lighting. Details looks wonderful. Colors, POV and composition also superb. BG great, in fantastic color. Thanks for sharing, well done

Hi Joe,
Excellent capture of this sticky looking Marmalade Hoverfly. I think this of the insects that see around quite often but not as this big, so you don't recognise them immediately. You have done excellent macro work in displaying all these tiny sharp details, the POV is interestingly low (was it above you?), colours are very marmalady (must be Tiptree;-)). Great work!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-28 15:27]

Hello Joe,
You never cease to amaze me with the quality of your images. What an incredible talent you have and share with us. Thank you Joe.

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2008-10-28 15:47]

Composition, colors, DOF are beautiful in this shot. I love your macro work.


Hi Joe,

Excellent capture of this common "Marmalade Hoverfly"
Perfect composition, POV, DOF and BG
Brilliant colors and SUPERB sharp details

TFS Thijs

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-10-28 20:03]

Hola Joe.
Great Macro. The colors in this photos are just beautiful. Fine details in Your picture. Very very sharp, and great light.
TFS My friend.
Ps I also have one Hoverfly yesterday.

Hello Joe

Another beautiful macro capture.
The details are super,with lovely colours.
The golden colour is fantastic.
Excellent POV and DOF.
The focus is tack sharp with impressive sharpness.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5099 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2008-10-29 10:14]

Hello Joe,
Great photo in perfect sharpness and splendid colours. The black contrasting BG is very beautiful. Excellent POV and DOF.
Wonderful macro.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-10-29 21:39]

Hello Joey, Perfect closeup and superb macro shot. Excellent colors. Ganesh

Hi again Joe:)
Another excellent macro from you. perfectly focused and composed. Great in all around! 1st class indeed.
TFS and cheers,

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