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GregoryB


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: 47 Steps (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: Home
Date: Nov 8, 2009
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160s
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Nov 8, 2009

Flies in the family Syrphidae are commonly known as hoverflies, flower flies, or syrphid flies.

As their common names suggest, they are often seen hovering or nectaring at flowers; the adults of many species feed mainly on nectar and pollen, while the larvae (maggots) eat a wide range of foods. In some species, the larvae are saprotrophs, eating decaying plant and animal matter in the soil or in ponds and streams. In other species, the larvae are insectivores and prey on aphids, thrips, and other plant-sucking insects.

Aphids alone cause tens of millions of dollars of damage to crops worldwide every year; because of this, aphid-feeding hoverflies are being recognized as important natural enemies of pests, and potential agents for use in biological control. Some adult syrphid flies are important pollinators.

About 6,000 species in 200 genera have been described. Hoverflies are common throughout the world and can be found on every continent except Antarctica.[1] Hoverflies are harmless to most other animals despite their mimicry of the black and yellow stripes of wasps, which serves to ward off predators.

WoooooHoooo!!!
Thanks everyone for the votes and fantastic comments. It's been a nerve racking but riveting week - the update button certainly has got a work out.....

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 135
Avg (all users): 7.0748
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.8947
Avg (non-participants): 7.1889
Views since voting: 4516
Votes: 147
Comments: 39
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01/03/2010 08:07:36 PM
Amazingly sharp for a macro.
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11/20/2009 08:35:26 AM
Wonderful job!!! Congratulations on your blue.
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11/18/2009 10:34:39 AM
Absolutely brilliant! Bravo!
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11/18/2009 05:59:23 AM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon Greg. The shot is brilliant.
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11/18/2009 04:23:09 AM
Yay Heh Greg. Well done mate. Lovely composed shot. Congrats on your First Blue... You can stop punching the air now. OK a couple more :~)
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11/17/2009 03:56:57 PM
Congrats Greg! And great shot. You definitely deserved the Blue. And, now you have one of each. WTG!
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11/17/2009 09:29:08 AM
Great Job! Congrats on the blue!
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11/16/2009 08:59:17 PM
Well done on the ribbon - YIPPEE!
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11/16/2009 08:13:48 PM
Wow, that's sharp. Wonderful image, well worth the blue. Congratulations.
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11/16/2009 07:18:59 PM
Gongrats Greg - now you've got the set!
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11/16/2009 07:18:16 PM
Beautiful macro. I've not seen your work until now. Getting ready to explore your portfolio. I can't imagine who would vote 1,3, or 4 on this entry. But to each his own.
Congrats!!!!
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11/16/2009 06:09:22 PM
You & Roz are the Masters of the Insect World -macros- Just fantastic , Gregory-congratulations :)
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11/16/2009 04:57:38 PM
Congratulations, terrific shot. Love the drop and its reflection.
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11/16/2009 03:52:39 PM
Perfect photo...........congrats
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11/16/2009 11:10:16 AM
Great!!! Congrats on the well deserved Blue!

Raj
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11/16/2009 11:07:44 AM
Woo Hoo! Your very first (of many I'm sure) BLUE! It is absolutely amazing! Congratulations!!!!!

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11/16/2009 10:41:00 AM
Totally Brilliant!! Huge congrats.
And ty for nice comments...
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11/16/2009 08:19:02 AM
Congrats on a fine photo, and your first blue ribbon!
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11/16/2009 08:12:19 AM
Whoooooot!!!! Congrats Greg! Fantastic shot!!
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11/16/2009 07:23:16 AM
A ribbon of every colour now - and very nearly a top line of 7+ scores !

Very nice.
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11/16/2009 07:17:00 AM
Congrats on your ribbon.
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11/16/2009 07:05:56 AM
Huge congrats on the ribbon. SUPER !!!!!
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11/16/2009 07:04:30 AM
Congrats on the blue, Gregory!!! Fantastic macro!!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/15/2009 09:04:29 PM
nice.
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11/15/2009 07:22:00 PM
Beautiful shot.
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11/15/2009 03:01:44 PM
great macro i like the dual subject ( the fly and the grass being reflected in the droplet). i think that really gives context to the environment around you in an interesting way
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11/15/2009 07:31:44 AM
Brilliant
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11/14/2009 12:34:45 PM
what an incredible capture! love the dew drop amazing macro shot 8
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11/14/2009 08:53:26 AM
that is intense! the textures and details captured lead me to believe that someone was using something like a Canon 100mm 2.8 macro....
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11/13/2009 02:14:17 AM
There's always a lot of water drop sort of pictures on DPC but I feel that in this case it enhances the picture. Although it would have been great even with only the hoverfly.
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11/12/2009 01:44:28 PM
Awesome!!
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11/11/2009 01:55:25 PM
wonderful macro! you've done a great work
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11/11/2009 01:48:39 PM
One of the best bug shots in the challenge. The water drop is a nice touch
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11/10/2009 10:15:11 AM
quite remarkable especially with that little grassy world in the droplet
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11/09/2009 08:23:45 PM
That droplet really makes this already great macro really fabulous. No vote, just commenting.
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11/09/2009 03:10:34 PM
Amazing details, great details and nice composition.
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11/09/2009 01:42:55 PM
Wonderful focus. The bee/fly in and of itself is a great picture. The dew droplet rounds it up to a 10. Congratulations.
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11/09/2009 04:19:51 AM
Excellent macro - such sharp details, even in the drop of water. One of these days maybe I can pull off something this good.
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11/09/2009 12:22:09 AM
Has to be a 10...good luck
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