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Robber Fly-2

Robber Fly-2
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Copyright: kv vral (vral) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 40D DSLR, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/20 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-06 3:23
Viewed: 3065
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Friends,

Today it is a Robber Fly, second of its kind I’ve captured.

Insects in the Diptera family Asilidae are commonly called 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 bumblebee mimics. Adult robber flies attack other flies, beetles, butterflies and moths, various bees, dragon and damselflies, Ichneumon wasps, grasshoppers, and some spiders.


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Hi KV,
A nice capture of this beautiful robber fly. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-06 5:24]

Hi Vral.
I am very pleased with your comments and chance to watch your gallery. It is wonderful as this shot. You have pictured this robber fly perfectly. I like all in at the picture – nice inclined composition, extreme sharpness of the stem and insect, amazing well blurred BG and wonderful rich colours. Excellent job. My best wishes and compliments.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-02-06 5:37]

hi kv,
beautifully captured robberfly here, you could have cropped bit of space at the bottom for better composition. tfs.

hello Vral
wonderful picture of this robber fly
crisp clear details, we can see all the tiny hairs on his legs
splendid colors and BG
Thanks for sharing tis beauty

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-02-06 12:15]

Hi Kv,
a well chosen POV has given you a perfect background here. Details and sharp focus are both very impressive also, well done!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-02-07 0:47]

Vral,This is a classic shot and a sharp one. Fantastic and a real beauty. I like the sharpness and the eye focus. Ganesh

  • Alutka Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 43 N: 400] (1682)
  • [2009-02-07 6:49]

podoba mi się kompozycja i ostrość szczegółów związanych z bardzo dobrym DOF. Nasycone i naturalne barwy podkreślają urodę owada ( chociaż Łowiki nie są tak piękne jak np. motyle) a dobry fotograf potrafi modela pokazać w sposób interesujący i piękny...
TFS and best wishes

Hi Vral,

Very nice macro picture of the robber fly, good composition too. tfs.

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