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Macro photo of hoverfly on dandelion flower

June 23rd, 2007 · 9 Comments

Macro photo of hoverfly on dandelion flower
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera on June 21st, 2007. Click image for larger view.

This is a hoverfly (Syrphidae), also know as flower flies, that are feeding on a dandelion flower. I have been trying to figure out what kind of species it is and I believe it is a Leucozona lucorum. From the looks of the hoverfly it seems to be mimicking a bee.

Lately my photography have been concentrated on taking macro photos because there are so many insects buzzing around.
When I’m seen outside I’m usually on my knees hunting for new subjects to photograph. I have discovered several new insects that I have never seen before and have got to know the names of several insects.

I have been having some challenges with my macro lens. It is has a focal length of 35mm which means I have to get really, really close to the subject to get a nice close up. To get so close can be really hard with camera-shy insects like hoverflies or butterflies.
So here is my photography tip of the day: If you are buying a macro lens, buy one with long focal length if you want to take insect macros.

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital single-lens reflex camera
Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 35 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 Macro
Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in northern Norway

Tags: Flower · flower fly · Hoverfly · Insect · Macro · Nature · Norway Norwegen Norge · Summer

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Missy // Jun 23, 2007 at 5:13 am

    handsome photo. exquisite detail.

  • 2 Oscar Luiz // Jun 23, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    Hi, Thomas!
    You have a great job!
    I put this photo in my blog today.
    I’m biolgist and don’t resist images like this.
    Enjoy the day.
    Greetings from Brazil!

  • 3 cindy // Jun 23, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    Hi Thomas! I really love this photo!

    Ohh.. I shall buy my own camera soon. I can’t wait to learn photography. You’re such an inspiration! :)

    Hugs from Malaysia.

  • 4 Juli Ribeiro // Jun 23, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    Hi. I saw one of your photos at Oscar’s blog: http://flainandonaweb.blogspot.com/
    I loved your work. Hugs from Brazil.

  • 5 BobG // Jun 25, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    Beautiful work. Thank you for the tip about the macro lens.

  • 6 Lavender // Jun 26, 2007 at 9:19 am

    Brilliant shot! Great detail! Thanks for the tip on focal length too, Keep up the great work.
    Cheers, Lavender

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  • 8 n8 // Jan 17, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    This isn’t a bee?

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