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Scaeva pyrastri

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 9 August 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Scaeva pyrastri (Witte halvemaanszweefvlieg (BE) / (No English common name found) / Späte Großstirnschwebfliege (DE) / Syrphe pyrastre (FR) ) is a large distinctive fly from the Syrphidae familiy with three pairs of white commer markings (lunules) on the abdomen. Adults feed on nectar and/or pollen while larvae feed on aphids. It may consume over 500 aphids during its larval stages. So this beautiful species is surely welcome in my garden to control the aphids on my appletree :-)

Image: Wijnegem (BE) - 03/08/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 200 150 mm

© Johan Dierckx

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Julie from Le Cannet des Maures, France


9 Aug 2010 5:10am

@Julie: I had to look up the translation of "somptueux", but I understand now. Thanks for this fine compliment, Julie.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France


9 Aug 2010 11:30am

@Veronique: Thanks, Veronique. Think that is a nice compliment (just looked up the translation of that word :-) )

Landy from Miami, United States

Gran macro, una imagen de revista, muy detallada y mucha textura, EXCELENTE , saludos

9 Aug 2010 3:55pm

@Landy: Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Landy. I'm glad you like this image (as I think this comment means - my knowledge of your language is not very good :-) )

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

fast zum Angreifen - schööööööööön !

9 Aug 2010 7:04pm

@Loner: oh please - don't .... :pppp Let this beauty please enjoy his/here diner :-)

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

magnifique details de ce syrphe ,johan !
5 etoiles !!!
amitiés !

9 Aug 2010 7:09pm

@marc battault: Thank you very much, Marc. I'm realy starting to enjoy making images of insects :-)

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

fabulous macro, amazing colours

9 Aug 2010 7:15pm

@Christine: Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Christine. It is a wonderful species to see in real.

Mj007 from Osaka, Japan

Wow great macro!!

10 Aug 2010 1:38am

@Mj007: Thank you very much for your apreciation.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Very nice detail. Great focus. It is difficult to get these bees sharp because of their body shape.

10 Aug 2010 2:36am

@Julie Brown: Indeed, Julie. But I always go for the eyes :-) These bees are so fast sometimes ... grrrrrrrrrr.

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Mooie scherptediepte en detail!!

10 Aug 2010 1:25pm

@Mascha: Dank je.

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

And wings.. I like glassy transparent or fuzzy colorful wings too. Maybe i just like bugs? Excellent closeup!!

10 Aug 2010 7:32pm

@Dutçh: It's becomming hard to fulfill all your "needs" ....

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Bah :P You are a pro and you know it!

12 Aug 2010 3:13am

@Dutçh: Wish I was ...

Piia from Helsinki, Finland

Absolutely amazing. :) These are so good.

15 Aug 2010 9:54am

@Piia: Thank you very much, Piia.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

oh the lollipop-eater! top notch shot ;D

21 Aug 2010 1:47pm

@daniela scharnowski: Thank you very much, Daniela !

Canon EOS 400D
1/250 second
ISO 200
150 mm