marmalade hoverfly
(Episyrphus balteatus)

I found this male E. balteatus in a rotting tree in the Leechwald in Graz. I was quite surprised to find a male, because I thought only females hibernate.
It is actually quite easy to sex them, because the compound eyes of males meet on the forehead. This is called "holoptic eyes" and is quite common around Diptera (true flies).

The conditions were quite hard today, with a temperature of -5°C and about 30cm of snow, but I just had to get out to clear my mind after long sessions of studying for the finals.

I pushed the ISO to 400 and used a slow shutter-speed of 1/80sec to get a properly exposed sky in the background.

Shot with Canon 600D and the MP-E 65mm f2.8 macro lens and a 430 EX II flash with a homemade diffusor.

2 shots stacked manually.

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