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Copyright: Goutham Ramesh (goutham_ramesh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 835 W: 154 N: 2871] (12237)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 180 Macro Ex HSM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/25 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): GouthamInsects [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-10 10:19
Viewed: 2837
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all,
Today I present you a picture of “ Robber fly” shot at Omkar Hills.

Flies in the Diptera family Asilidae are commonly known as robber flies. The family Asilidae contains about 7,100 described species worldwide. All robber flies have stout, spiny legs, a dense moustache of bristles on the face (mystax), and 3 simple eyes (ocelli) in a characteristic depression between their two large compound eyes. The mystax helps protect the head and face when the fly encounters prey bent on defense. The antennae are short, 3-segmented, sometimes with a bristle-like structure called an arista. The short, strong proboscis is used to stab and inject victims with saliva containing neurotoxic and proteolytic enzymes which paralyze and digest the insides; the fly then sucks the liquefied meal through the proboscis. Many species have long, tapering abdomens, sometimes with a sword-like ovipositor. Others are fat-bodied bumble bee mimics. Adult robber flies attack other flies, beetles, butterflies and moths, various bees, dragon and damselflies, ichneumon wasps, grasshoppers, and some spiders.

Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asilidae

Thanks for dropping by

Goutham R

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-10 10:29]

Hi goutham. What a fantastic macro shot of the Rober fly. the detail you have captured is first class. natural colours. with a nice POV/DOF.very good use of the light. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-11-10 10:38]

Hi Goutham,
Interesting fly! This is a great macro shot. The sharpness and colours are amazing, great note.
Well done

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-10 11:23]

Wow! That eye is wonderful!
A fantastic close-up of this Robber Fly.
+++ Excellent sharpness and detail, all the hairs are well defined and very clear.
A good composition that uses the beautiful eye as a centre-point.
Decent DOF and BG.
--- There may be a bit to much space around the fly... but I'm not sure if cropping it tighter would improve the photo much... you've done a top-class job anyhow.
Fine work Goutham.
Well done,

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-11-10 12:17]

Hi Goutham,
I see that the butterflies and other insects at Omkar Hills are not safe now you are back home.
This one you captured very well. Great focus and sharpness and the details ... wow, they are great!
Never seen such a fly. Good diagonal comp and good pov.
TFS Paula

Hi Goutham,

great image, excellent shot, good POV. It seems to be posing for you.

Well done!


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-10 14:41]

Very sharp macro Goutham, very good details, great exposure and very good composition. Great shot !


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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-10 15:46]

Hello Goutham,
Beautiful capture!
Fantastic sharpness and colors
Great composition and exposure
Regards, Dejan

Ciao Goutham,
complimenti per questa foto. Nitidezza eccezionale del soggetto e sfondo uniforme che ne esalta i contorni.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-11 1:33]

Hi Goutham.
First of all thanks for interest and kind comments.

You have shared a terrific shot of the robber fly. I must say your flies are so different than ours. They are more beautiful and colourful. Pictured scene is simple and amazing. Superb sharpness and details of the insect and stem, tremendous at its colour palette and smoothness BG, Bravo and TFS.

Hi Goutham great photo!!!. Maybe a little noise reduction on the background to improve.

Wow! Thats a great shot in every department! Light, detail, composition. Only nit is some noise - maybe to high of compression value chosen? AT 75 kb you still have a lot of headroom... ;)
Well done!
Cheers, Klaus

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-11-11 8:59]

Hi Goutham,

An amazing shot of this Robberfly. The details are super sharp from head to toe. Wonderful colors, excellent background, and a superb composition on the diagonal stalk.


Hello Goutham,
Stunning macro!
It's amazing the sharp, focus and clear details got on the insect.
The lighting is so good, and I like very much the composition and specially those metallic green eyes.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hello Goutham
Wonderful shot of this Robberfly,
Perfect details,exposure and BG,Superb shot.

Good Luck

Amazing sharpness and colors. Your ability to be absolutely parallel to the bee is phenomenal.
- Murali Santhanam

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