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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: 2007-11-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix L5
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-23 9:46
Viewed: 3738
Points: 6
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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.

In this case it has caught a grass hopper.

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

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-23 10:50]

Hi Arjun. A fine macro of the Robber fly eating its food. You have good detail and natural colours. with A good POV/DOF . all in a nice frame. interesting notes . well done TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-06-23 16:32]

Hi Arjun,just my best compliments for this little artwork,excellent colors and details,thanks for share this beauty and for the interesting note too,have a ncie day,Luciano

Hi Arjun,

Its amazing to see your 'Cool Pix'doing wonders for you, and you are surely making optimum use of it, keep up the good job.

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