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This is a first for me - this hoverfly was busy having a good clean up when it turned its head toward me. I managed to get the shot from underneath the head showing the large tip of the retracted tongue.

I haven't been able to ID the particular species, so any help would be appreciated. (I'll put the original up in the mods to help with the ID)

I was pleased with the detail as this is a crop of about 20% of full frame

Camera:Canon EOS 350D
Lens:Tamron 90 + Tamron 1.4X TC Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:ISO100 for 1/200th with f8. Ring-flash + manual exposure and focus
Title:A Clean Tongue
Username:brian1208 brian1208
Uploaded:5 May 2006 - 6:31 AM
Tags:Antennae, Close up, Close-up / macro, Drone fly, Macro, Reticulated eye, Tongue cleaning
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dormouse1976
5 May 2006 - 6:34 AM

The detail is incredible. Fantasic shot.

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ericfaragh
ericfaragh  10121 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2006 - 6:41 AM

Fine macro detail, well done.

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Maddie
Maddie  92714 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2006 - 7:08 AM

great close up Brian

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AlanBW
AlanBW  8 England
5 May 2006 - 7:17 AM

Wow! That's really close. A superb image, well done.

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Rodmac
Rodmac  8 Scotland
5 May 2006 - 7:20 AM

A cracker
Rod

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dalischone
5 May 2006 - 7:23 AM

Wow! Stunning macro, amazing detail and clarity.

Tracy

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danpen
danpen  10 United Kingdom
5 May 2006 - 7:26 AM

Fantastic detail, really excellent.

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mickp
mickp e2 Member 8mickp vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2006 - 7:49 AM

Really good detail.

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UserRemoved
5 May 2006 - 8:07 AM

So close it's frightening!! Great detail.
John

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Chant57
Chant57 e2 Member 8372 forum postsChant57 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2006 - 8:50 AM

Fantastic detail and clarity.
C

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Bernice010
5 May 2006 - 10:00 AM

Amazing shot. The detail is brilliant.

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ron thomas
ron thomas e2 Member 10ron thomas vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2006 - 10:04 AM

First class, the detail is excellent!

Ron.

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2006 - 10:28 AM

Superb detail...almost too superb ;o))

Excellent work as always Brian.
Mike

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biggus  10 England
5 May 2006 - 11:11 AM

The normal size shot looks good but the large size is amazing. Brilliant details

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cdm36
cdm36 e2 Member 10390 forum postscdm36 vcard England7 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2006 - 11:28 AM

Bl**dy hell, thats ugly.

Chris.

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timsmith
timsmith  9 England
5 May 2006 - 12:07 PM

Great detail
Tim

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Big_Beavis
Big_Beavis e2 Member 9Big_Beavis vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2006 - 2:34 PM

Brilliant, what fantastic detail.

David

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Tina_Michelle

absolutely brilliant macro work! stunning details here. although a fly is umm rather ugly..I like the capture of the eye especially.

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Terry L
Terry L e2 Member 10577 forum postsTerry L vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2006 - 12:11 AM

Nice macro work Brian, this has maintained good detail despite the large crop.

Regards
Terry.

PS it looks like Scaeva Pyrastri or possibly S. selenitica, they are quite similar.

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110247 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2006 - 1:59 AM

Thanks for your positive comments, I do appreciate them.

Terry - thanks for the ID assistance, its not Pyrastri as that has white banding where this has yellow.

I've gone into another site and found what I think it is: Syrphus torvus, thanks Terry, your suggestion of selinitica led me there

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geoffash26  102506 forum posts United Kingdom
6 May 2006 - 5:10 AM

good stuff Brian well retained detail considering the crop factor
Geoff

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SueTurner
SueTurner  981 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2006 - 12:22 PM

well done Brian, brill close up

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SuziBlue
SuziBlue  1116195 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2006 - 1:03 AM

You never cease to amaze with the detail in your work. Especially so since this is a crop - fantastic. Impressive.

ermmmm so which bit is its tongue ..? 8-]

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brian1208
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7 May 2006 - 1:45 AM

thanks for the added input Geoff, Sue and Suzi.

Its the long, fleshy brown bit just underneath the foreleg Suzi

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7 May 2006 - 4:43 AM

Thanks Brian Smile Amazing.

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fossilized
15 May 2006 - 10:48 AM

Wow, nearly missed this... amazing detail.

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brian1208
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15 May 2006 - 11:07 AM

thanks for taking the time to stop by Jean

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3 Oct 2008 - 11:02 AM

stunning pic brian pin sharp

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brian1208
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3 Oct 2008 - 11:40 AM

Thanks for digging back far enough to find this one Frank, much appreciated

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