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Hover fly?

This was taken at the weekend, main reason for uploading is to get ID on this, i have a bug book and the nearest i could find was a Hover fly, be nice if anybody could varify this, it was quite large so good job i had my 100-400:O)

Thanks for looking and comments most welcome


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3 Jul 2005 1:08PM
another great shot, cannot help you with what it is but still a brill shot.

p.j *click*.

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markharrop 14 191 England
3 Jul 2005 1:19PM
Very nice shot Luke. Can't help with the ID, not sure it is a hoverfly, but hey what do I know! :o) Good one mate!

Varanus 13 32 1 England
3 Jul 2005 1:22PM
I'm getting a bit worried about you luke, you said you lived in a bird cage, but you mentioned nothing of huge insects! these massive winged beasts will devour us all!!

Maddie 13 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2005 1:23PM
brilliant close up
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
3 Jul 2005 1:34PM
Think its a Hover Fly of a sort Luke, I believe the latin name for this one is Volucella pellucens, or possibly Leucozona lucorum......Both are from the Hoverfly genus, try doing a seach on the latin names I've given and see if you get a return.....But as there are nearly 1200 different sub-species, identifying any of these critters can be really difficult, unless it's one of the more common ones!.....Can't be sure for you I'm afraid...

Very well captured BTW, regards.....Ade
thorn 13 124 2 Scotland
3 Jul 2005 2:09PM
Hi Luke,Stunning capture,love the texture on this one,delicacy of the wings,reflections,colour/tones,dof,lighting,exposure and presentation.Class composition.Take care.AnnSmile
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
3 Jul 2005 2:38PM
Good detail and focus in this macro. Some sort of a fly???
glazzaro 13 70 23 United States
3 Jul 2005 9:46PM
Brilliant detail, Spot on! Click!!!

normanw 14 66
3 Jul 2005 10:30PM
Just to add to the confusion Smile I took a pic recently of something very like this, and it was ID'd as a variety of hover fly sometimes called a "drifter fly" (no idea why) that imitates a bee for protecton.
Latin name was "Volucella bombylans"

Might be worth doing a search to see if it matches your critter.

Nice pic btw, a little bit shrper could help but those wings are nicely coloured
acbeat 13 14 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2005 2:22AM
excellent detail .andy b
suleesia 13 176 Malaysia
4 Jul 2005 7:24PM
nice light in the wings! well composed image.
tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
5 Jul 2005 5:10AM
no idea on species but nice and sharp.
suzieosman 13 66 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2005 2:19PM
Definately a Hover Fly, but there are so many, it would take hours to track down eactly which one, they do come in all shapes and sizes...I managed to get one like this recently and he was huge!.....Well taken shot BTW, just tad soft on the wings....Sue
denka 13 7 Finland
7 Jul 2005 11:16AM
Yes a Hoover fly it is but Im sorry I cant tell what kind it is.
Great capture of this Hoove fly.

Thnx for your comment on my image much appreciated.


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