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Robberfly - Asilidae

Robberfly - Asilidae
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Copyright: Arjun Haarith (Arjun) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix L5
Exposure: f/2.9
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-18 9:13
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Robber Fly, Zosteria spec.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Diptera

Suborder: Brachycera

Superfamily: Asiloidea

Family: Asilidae


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.

I shot this in omkar hills using Nikon coolpix.This is a handheld shot.
Thank you,

writerscrawlz, Pentaxfriend, earthtraveler, Alex99, nglen, mariki, Silvio2006, rcrick, anel has marked this note useful
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Hi Arjun,
good macro shot. very sharp picture and nice diffused lighting. good composition.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-12-18 9:21]

Hello Arjun,
simply fantastic! A really great presentation of the robberfly. Pretty good in all respects.
Best wishes, Peter

This is an awesome macro photo. The photo is sharp, there's wonderful lighting, and I love the composition. I may actually think twice before I grab the fly swatter next time...maybe.

Hello Arjun,

Very good HSRAP macro you have here. Very colourful on a nice BG. Good work,

Warm regards,

Hi Arjun,

Excellent shot of this Robberfly
SUPERB compo with perfect sharpnes and fine details
Beautiful DOF and BG
nicely framed

TFS Thijs

hi arjun
a very good focus
amazing specimen with great details and nice colors

aleks ;-)
best wishes

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-12-18 9:52]

Hi Arjun,
Great macro work. Sharp details against a smooth background.

Hello Arjun,
This fly image is fantastic!
You acheived such incredible colorful details with the great focus and POV. Excellent composition as well.
Super BG bokeh also.
Very well done, TFS

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-12-18 10:32]

Hello Arjun !
This is an amazing picture ! There are so many details on the insect, so sharp ! Composition, POV, colors and blurred BG are excellent too. I also like the metallic color of the eye. The insect is sitting on a flower which is as hairy as him, it is very nice. very well done !

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-18 10:37]

Hi Arjun.
It is simply perfect close-up with terrific colours, ultimate sharpness and DOF, great composition and framing. BG is wonderful in its smoothness, colourfulness and illumination. Bravo.

Hello Arjun,
Simply perfect!
total sharpness, vivid colour and details to enjoy and view
a great compoition with a good notes

Dear Arjun, This is amazing level of details, very well done. Congratulations. with best regards.vab.

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  • Ric Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 20] (146)
  • [2007-12-18 11:13]

Hello Arjun,
Excellent macro!! It has an impressive sharp and nice BG. The composition is also notable.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-18 11:19]

Hello Arjun,
What a perfection! The details and light are amazing. Very colourful. Fantastic composition, BG and POV.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-18 11:36]

Hi Arjun. This is a very good macro shot of the Fly. excellent detail and colours. with a good pOV. well done TFS.

Macro impressionnante de netteté, bravo !

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-18 12:03]

What a stunning and splendid macro!!
Magnificent details and great POV, DOF and composition with a beautiful presentation and very good note.
Thanks for sharing.
My best regards

Hi Arijun, superb macro with wonderful colors, great details and excellent sharpness, lovely contrast against blurry BG, elegant presentation, Bravo! very well done, ciao Silvio

Hallo Arjun,
a superb picture of this Asilidae.
Colours, light, focus, sharpness, point of view and composition are perfect.

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  • chpp (51)
  • [2007-12-18 14:36]

Hi Arjun
great close up, perfect sharpnes and beautiful details on this insect
Colour, light and exposure is perfect

Arjun, Lovely macro. I like the way the legs look so similar to the grass. The pink pollen adds color spectrum that is not otherwise green and yellow. The green eye also looks attractive.
- Murali Santhanam

Hello Arjun,
First time I've come across your work and this is one very impressive macro, excellent detail, stunning colours, exposure is perfect, really nice work well done all the best Cheer Rick :)

Hello Arjun,
splendid macro-shot, perfect focus with great and impressive details, ideal deeph of field, colors and background are just great, this is a wonderfull composition very well framed,
a great cheer,

Hello Arjun,

Very beautiful picture of this robberfly. Good composition. Great sharpness. Beautiful natural colours.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-19 1:41]

Hello Arjun,
Fantastic capture of this Robberfly!! Excellent DOF, amazing details,lovely colours and a fine background. The composition is superb too!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-12-19 3:59]

hello Arjun,
Bravo for this excellent picture. The composition, sharpness and colours are just perfect. The robberflies are really impressive creatures. (I like the moustache!)
Thanks a lot.
Meilleures salutations

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-19 6:15]

Well done Arjun, great macro of this Robberfly ! Very sharp details and perfect exposure, thanks !


hi arjun,
very good close-up shot. good composition. tfs.

Hello Arjun.

Excellent macro. nice composition and colors.
Very good details.

Jose Luis.

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