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Good evening folks,
Had a brief opportunity to get the macro lens out this lunchtime,
the first time since the end of the summer.
Some of you will be familiar with this insect, the Large Bee-Fly Bombylius major.It's quite common in spring. The Bombyliidae are a family of flies. Their common name is bee flies. Adults generally feed on nectar and pollen, some being important pollinators. Larvae generally are parasitoids of other insects, generally bees and wasps.
These little buggers never keep still, so are very difficult to nail well.
Many thanks for the comments etc on my Robin upload, all appreciated Grin.
Colin

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:28 Apr 2013 - 12:39 PM
Focal Length:100mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Bee-Fly
Username:Norfolkboy Norfolkboy
Uploaded:28 Apr 2013 - 6:18 PM
Tags:Bee-fly, Bombylius major, British insects, Wildlife / nature
Votes:29

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2013 - 6:26 PM

Yes we also have them and they are really fast and jerky , certainly not so easy to capture, but you have done very well to get this image, its really super...John

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43242 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2013 - 8:48 PM

An insect which I have little or no knowledge of, however what I do know is that you have captured this rather industrious little chap very well. My only qualm or point of note would be to say, whilst a lot of people like the motion blur in the moving wings I rather like the more cleaner frozen capture.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2013 - 9:09 PM

Great closeup Colin.GrinGrin
Ron

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Scuttleatflordon

Well taken Colin.
Peter.WinkWink

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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
28 Apr 2013 - 9:24 PM

Lovely shot

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2013 - 9:40 PM

Super detail Colin,

AliSmile

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Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7122 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Apr 2013 - 5:52 PM

Nice shot Col, i am going to get a Macro lens shortly

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bricurtis e2 Member 91904 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
29 Apr 2013 - 8:45 PM

Nearly Colin Smile- when buzzin' they are a nightmare. I took some at 1/800 th and got hardly any detail in the wings. Easier pitched.Smile
Brian.

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Ayoob
Ayoob e2 Member 3Ayoob vcard Australia
2 May 2013 - 2:46 AM

A beautiful maacro shot , very well taken.....Grin

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2013 - 11:22 PM

Well timed.. Lovely perch, too.

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