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Thirsty or hungry mimic fly

Thirsty or hungry mimic fly
Photo Information
Copyright: Jay Meeuwig (Shoot_Score) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-01
Categories: Insects, Flowers
Camera: Fuji FinePix 3800
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): !Mimics [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-13 4:39
Viewed: 3948
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here we have a hoverfly, aka flower fly or mimic fly.

These flies have the appearance of a wasp and in that manner try to fool
potential preditors, who may have had unfortunate experiences with wasps...

Flower spiders however are not fooled, as I have seen
a hoverfly trapped by a crab-spider...

This hoverfly is busy on some cinquefoil, right after we had
a little bit of rain and everything was nice and fresh.

More info.

PS Following comments about compression problems I have done a "cut to he bone" crop,
which shows just the fly and the flower... The original post will be in WS.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To heidi: @é logo,Shoot_Score 1 03-13 16:01
To XOTAELE: Excuse my English reply...Shoot_Score 1 12-18 16:18
To ellis49: Colours...Shoot_Score 1 12-15 02:19
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Nice SHot Jay.Composition is good.Drops on the petals look good.Bee is a bit out of focus. But still nice shot.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-13 7:28]

Hello Jay,
I like both the beautiful yellow flowers and the Hover-fly, although the latter is a bit weak on focus. Nicely composed and good timing for the water drolets!
TFS, Ulla

Hi Jay,
a nice shot with quite good details and a good composition.
The yellow color tones are just lovely and the droplets are a nice bonus.
Well done.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-12-13 14:06]
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Hello Jay , I like this shot , good colours the drops and the flower ar beauytifull and the bg , and thanks for you mail ,I changed it, my engels is therible , little bith help from my husband ,but a try , greetings Teunie .

Hi Jay,
Beautiful composition with yellow flowers, drops and hoverfly.


Estupendo colorido. Bellos detalles y agradable composición. Saludos Jay.
Juan Luis.

LOVE the yellow in this shot!!
Rich and rampant with opportunities for
a nice contrast with the black stripes of the mimic fly.
Nice to see the water droplets on the petals,
which add a nice dimension to the whole photo!!
GOOD job!!!

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  • heidi (78)
  • [2007-03-13 15:24]
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Hi Jay,
Great shot. The colours and the details are very good and I like very much the water drops. The dof are excelent too.
Até logo,

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