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Carpenter Bee Robber Fly

Carpenter Bee Robber Fly
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-12-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1, Sony G lens 20x Optical zoom, Digital ISO 400
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-07-12 23:32
Viewed: 6440
Points: 48
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Carpenter Bee Robber Fly / Hyperechia marshalli

Both Loot and I have a great love for nature, no matter what the subject is. We have tried to carry over this feeling to our children too. Unfortunately, up to now I cannot really say that our sons has a mutual feeling about it, BUT it seems as if our granddaughter Nina, has adopted our love for nature, and she is forever in the garden searching for insects, especially grasshoppers, feeding the wild birds visiting the garden or just smelling the pretty flowers.

I therefore have to thank her for calling me the day she saw this insect sitting on the wall of our house. I have never seen such a huge fly or bee, because at the time I did not know what it could be. It is only later, after Loot helped me to identify it in one of our insect books, when I learned it is called a Carpenter Bee Robber Fly. I am sure this is an insect with a serious identity crises, with such a double and lengthy name.

Although there are quite a number of images of it on the Internet, information about it is very scarce. If I am correct, this is another 1st for Trek Nature.

Large (wingspan 34-44mm), stout carpenter bee-mimic, uniformly black with yellow to yellowish white band of hair on hind margin of metathorax. Legs thickly covered with long hair.

Rests and oviposits on tree trunks. Adults hunt from dead trunks bored by carpenter bees. They feed on carpenter bees and other bees and wasps. Larvae bore and live in wood tunnels in association with carpenter bee larvae, on which they are reported to feed.

Carpenter bee logs.

Related species
H. imitator has a large (wingspan 50mm), uniformly black, and occurs at high altitude in the Western Cape, resting on Protea trunks.

Taken from: Field Guide to Insects of South Africa by Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths and Alan Weaving.

I hope you enjoyed looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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很漂亮的蟲子 顏色真是特別也很鮮亮
照的很清晰 背景美麗 謝謝分享

Hi Anna,
Beautiful macro of this Bee Robber Fly.
Great color and sharpness.
Beautiful composition and timing.
Thanks for sharing.


hello Anna,
Very interesting creature but ... awful, ugh.
Cool photo.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-07-13 1:36]

Hello Anna,
Fantastic capture of this Robberfly! Excellent DOF, amazing details,lovely colours . The composition is very good .Refards Siggi

It certainly is the very first picture of a Carpenter Bee Robberfly on TN, Anna. Congratulations for bringing this very intriguing insect into light!
I'm amazed at its facial resemblance to a Carpenter Bee. The rest of it is that ruthless physique of a killer.
Very fine macro against a quaint BG.

Hello Anna
Fabulous species my dear.Great dorsal POV,wonderful natural colours and excellent sharpness.Thank You.
Have a good weekend!
Warm regards

Hello Anna,

Hope you are well. You know I am a great fan of your photographic skills, your vision, your marvellous notes and you as a gentle, matchless person of many great qualities and a blessing for us all here on TN.
I have never heard about this bee and particularly if it robs the carpenter bees which themselves look quite formidable.The image is beautiful, sharp and has been captured with incredible focus.Thanks a lot for sharing a new species, take care,

warm regards,


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-07-13 7:12]

Hello Anna,
A large name for a big insect. And what a colours. Not mothers beautiest, but very impressive.
Splendid macro in superb sharpness, details and clear colours. Excellent composition.

Hello Anna,
This is completely a new insect for me as well as for TN also.
nice clarity and colour.
Thank you for share this you us.
best wishes,

Hello Anna,
Beautiful colorful specie.Nice captured with well detailed.BG is splendid too.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-07-13 16:41]

Hi Anna,what a macro! Looks like a big terrible monster!Magnificent capture from an excellent point of view to see the nice design of this carpenter bee,perfect exposure and sharpness,the black eyes details are really fantastics.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-07-13 20:11]

Hello Anna,
I'm sure you are very proud of little Nina, who by the way is growing up fast, (3yrs. this Oct) for sharing your love for nature. She has spotted an insect that I have never seen before, and as you stated, has a very unusual name. Perfectly captured in this outstanding macro image and displaying exceptional detail and beautiful colors. Great work!!

Amazing fly Anna! Impressive photo with good composition, nice lighting and impressive sharpness!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-07-14 4:32]

Hi Anna,
Excellent macro shot of this big bee. Fantastic sharpness
detail and focus in natural colours.
Regards Jiri.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-07-14 4:49]

Hello Anna,
An impressive one! Nice to have a granddaughter interested in nature..I have the same experience as you what concerns my son, but never give up..
Interesting fly for its uglyness, what a hairy creature!
But a well taken shot showing the "beast "with perfect sharpness.
Thanks for this special and interesting posting

Hello Anna
What an interesting insect with some very serious eyes! Excellent sharpness, good focus, nice composition
regards yiannis

Hallo Anna

thanks for the nice comments

You have here a fly wich i like
i have many of this specie,s because they are allways beautiful on the picture's

this one i have never seen before and i think a BIG one

i like the black colours and the great sharpness

thanks Anna greeting lou

Ciao Anne. Impressive details here and fanatsic colours. Great pic indeed.



Excellent macro pic of the fly, I like the lighting and detail shown of the subject which is not easy as its predominantly black. The POV, composition and sharpness are also good.

Ciao Anna, great macro of capenter bee, fantastic details, superb sharpness, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-07-20 23:37]

Hello Anna
again you have presented something special and always exciting. This is something new, neither I have seen.
The details are splendid and its background is so well textured to give an awesome view.
Excellent presentation.


Hi Anna,
capture really interesting.
I had never seen this specimen, also useful notes you've written.
Excellent detail and sharpness, good you have performed a wonderful shot.
Hello good day!

Dear Anna,
wow. Powerful, dramatic presentation of this ferocious looking predator fly, clear, well lighted, well composed. Doesn't seem to suffer from any ID crisis, but looking very self assertive and knowing what kind of bee to chase down next by a well aimed attack. Nice story indeed about your little assistant sharing with you that deep interest in nature.
With thanks, and all my best wishes to you and to Loot - and to Nina.

Hello Anna

WOW ! great and amazing macro of this
insect that it is like he as sunglasses !!
fine POV and the diagonale framing it gives
dynamism to the photo, great contrast of the color tones, TFS


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