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Old Saturday 9th May 2020, 06:01   #1
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Question Bee ID help please

Managed to catch this little chap on a tomato leaf yesterday whilst trying out my new macro lens.

Any help with id would be greatly appreciated as it’s driving me round the twist squinting at google images :)

Many thanks in advance.
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Old Saturday 9th May 2020, 15:09   #2
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It's a hoverfly in the genus Eristalis - note one pair of wings and short antennae that help separate flies from the bees.
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It's Eristalis pertinax.
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Thank you both, much appreciated :)
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Managed to catch this little chap on a tomato leaf yesterday whilst trying out my new macro lens.

Any help with id would be greatly appreciated as it’s driving me round the twist squinting at google images :)

Many thanks in advance.
Excellent image - I wish my shots of bees were half as good!
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Excellent image - I wish my shots of bees were half as good!
Thanks for the compliment. I reckon I probably keep 1 in 30 macro shots purely due to focus and such a narrow depth of field.

Try keeping the subject perpendicular to the camera axis. I find that improved my “keep rate” no end.
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