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Hoverflies Two.

By Niknut
A hot muggy day, & this plant in the garden was alive with I set the camera up on the tripod, to capture the two flower heads together, & waited, & waited some more !
The little blighters would not settle on my two flowers !!!! to lure them I dripped a tiny drop of Honey onto the yellow centres, & waited again......after a minute or two, the LH
fly appeared & while I took a shot of him, the second fly turned up on the RH side.....took a few shots of them both, at different apertures & focusing, & this image was the best of them,
with both flies sharp.....yippee ! So I got the shot I wanted, & the flies got their reward of the honey......sorted, & chuffed !!!...................

Thanks everyone for your feedback on 'End of the Beginning' ,......much appreciated !!.Grin

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Hoverflies Chrysanthemum frutescens

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Mike_Young Plus
11 12 9 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2011 4:37PM
Very clever and well worth the effort, an excellent result

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pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1984 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2011 4:52PM
You have far more patience than I do, Keith, and what a neat idea, so glad you are pleased with the result.
24 Aug 2011 5:17PM
Gorgeous! Well done.

Marilyn x
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2011 5:18PM
Splendid shot, well worth the effort. Carole
8 10 10 England
24 Aug 2011 5:30PM
Patience paid off - well done.
Herge88 Plus
10 40 4 England
24 Aug 2011 5:34PM
Great timing, love the one thats almost stood on its head.

Best Matt
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
24 Aug 2011 6:03PM
Keith, I will learn your recipe by heart!!! WHAT A GREAT IDEA.
the result is really worth it, what an idyllic garden shot. Love it!!
24 Aug 2011 6:04PM
Top marks here, great focussing and timing.

24 Aug 2011 6:17PM
love it to bits ...
AnnChown Plus
8 203 1 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2011 6:36PM
Brilliant - and they are such cute little hover flies, they deserved an audience! Well done for your patience.
Mynett Plus
9 142 6 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2011 7:07PM
very nicely done, well worth the wait the patience and the gift of honey

Maiwand Plus
11 3 73 England
24 Aug 2011 7:10PM
Good reward for your patience. A lovely shot.
beuatiful image and great dof- love it!
phil99 Plus
11 45 6 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2011 8:34PM
Have the RC on me .Lovely macro work..Phil
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
24 Aug 2011 9:19PM
A grand experiment! that has worked out well--- HOney--- I shall have to try this!
lonely_oryx Plus
10 61 55 England
24 Aug 2011 9:56PM
Excellent capture
24 Aug 2011 10:15PM
Great shot i used peanut butter.
pluckyfilly Plus
11 351 33 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2011 10:19PM
so glad everyone including the hovers were happy at the end of your attempt to get the all important shot, well taken
24 Aug 2011 10:20PM
love it, great detail
24 Aug 2011 10:39PM
Well timed and captured.
User_Removed 9 26 2 United States
24 Aug 2011 11:09PM
Wonderful way to bait the trap and what a lovely shot you got!
senn Plus
6 5 1 Belgium
25 Aug 2011 1:45AM
a great one ..
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
25 Aug 2011 2:41AM
Great capture............Sandy
MartPics 11 7 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2011 9:31AM
Nice work.

Great stealth sed here a honey trap I think it's called. There seems to ba an awful lot of these wee beasties this year or maybe I'm just more aware of them.

Richsr Plus
10 91 223 England
25 Aug 2011 12:56PM
Well worth the wait to get both of them.
ChiliMan Plus
11 135 17 Singapore
25 Aug 2011 2:34PM
LOL...awesome write-up once again and fantastic idea with the honey! It's paid off grandly, NN. Really lovely glow you've got in that upper hoverfly too.

User_Removed 7 48 1 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2011 5:26PM
Super macro image Keith, great DOF and comp', next time mix a spoonfull of honey with water, put it in the microwave for 1 min' to mix it fully, then put it into a fine spray bottle and spray were you want. it works a treat.
howdog Plus
9 25 1 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2011 6:44PM
Yet another cracking shot Keith!
Niknut Plus
7 1.7k 76 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2011 6:54PM
Many thanks everyone for the very positive feedback....I'm very grateful !!!

Alf, thanks also for your tip with the honey/water spray....I shall have to try that !....sounds like a good cure for a sore-throat too ! you've never met a Hoverfly with a sore-throat
in your neck of the woods, so it must work ?????.WinkGrinGrin
jaktis Plus
14 84 Sweden
26 Aug 2011 5:37AM
Great details on the hooverflies

Anna62 6 1 Australia
26 Aug 2011 7:31AM
Brilliant capture Keith!! Perfect timing Smile
SueEley Plus
11 279 96 Wales
26 Aug 2011 4:53PM
Lovely composition and great pictures of the insects - great work.
helenlinda Plus
10 357 22 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2011 5:19PM
How lovely to get both in focus - worth that drop of honey Smile
Ha Ha Well done and thanks for your encouraging comments!
perkyjude Plus
6 46 11 England
27 Aug 2011 5:40PM
An incredible shot. Looks like I am going to have to add honey to my Tescos This is certainly a shot to be proud of.
maggie9 Plus
9 45 2 Scotland
31 Aug 2011 8:02AM
a fantastic shot!!
wonderful summer feel
very very well done! Smile

Great macro & lovely detail Grin
Mynett Plus
9 142 6 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2012 9:52PM
well thought out, and what patience you must have but what a shot ..... the honey really paid off.... well done, I see this as a poster, a really beautiful natural world shot.


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