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Hoverfly

rocamiadesign

Columbia Falls, United States

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Hoverfly, Family: Syrphidae
This is NOT a bee, it is actually a fly, from a family of flies which mimic different kinds of bees and wasps. He landed on my sleeve, which had colors that were complimentary to those of the fly. Because they are so friendly, I was able to get my camera and take this macro without scaring him off.
I have seen far too many of these cute flies killed due to human ignorance, mistaking them for yellowjackets.
Because I’m allergic to bees, I’ve learned to spot the difference. One of the things to watch for is the way they move when flying. They hover, like a helicopter, hence the name, “hoverfly”. They also don’t make the humming or buzzing sound associated with bees.
Hoverflies are very friendly. My brothers and I loved to have them land on our arms, and watch them licking the moisture off the skin. This one is sitting on my sleeve.
In case I don’t get the time in the near future, thank-you for everyone who faves and comments on my work. I truly appreciate your support! :—)

- Shaun -
Photo taken in Columbia Falls, Montana. This is my first time using the macro lens on my camera.
989 views and 41 favorites, as of 5/4/11.
Make: NIKON
Model: COOLPIX P90
Shutter Speed: 10/632 second
Aperture: F/4.0
Focal Length: 19 mm
ISO Speed: 94
Date Taken: Jun 24, 2009, 5:46:12 AM

5/5/10 – FIRST PLACE WINNER of the Macro Mania challenge in the HOSTING TUTORIAL CLASS group.
5/9/10 – FIRST PLACE WINNER of the 1# Monthly $20 Featured Artworks Challenge – April in THE COMPACT GROUP!
TOP TEN WINNER in the Closeup or Macro Insects challenge in THE WORLD AS WE SEE IT group.
TOP TEN WINNER in the Anything Yellow challenge in the PHOTOGRAPHY FUN group.
5/20/10 – TOP TEN WINNER in the All Creatures Great, Small & Yellow challenge in the Yellow Two group.
5/20/10 – TOP TEN WINNER in the Yellow challenge in the Canon Vs Nikon group.
5/28/10 – TOP TEN WINNER in the H challenge in The Male Photographer group.
5/29/10 – TOP TEN WINNER in the No Flowers challenge held by the Closeups in Nature group.
5/31/10 – SECOND PLACE WINNER in the Yellow or Orange challenge, hosted by the Totally Amateur Photography group.
6/1/10 – TOP TEN WINNER in the Insects challenge hosted by the REDemption group.
12/17/10 – TOP TEN WINNER in the Wings (Featured Works Only) challenge in the Bubblers Weekly Challenge group.

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