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Robberfly & Its Prey #1

Robberfly & Its Prey #1
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Copyright: Benyamin Lakitan (blakitan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1039 W: 71 N: 1332] (5517)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony A700, Sony 100 mm F2.8 Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-01 19:37
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Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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, ants, dragon and damselflies, Ichneumon wasps, grasshoppers, and some spiders.

[Source: wikipedia]

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Estos guepardos voladores estan en todo el mundo. Sin embargo pocos logran captarlos como tu. Te felicito.

wonderful scene with this robber fly.
great colors and sharpness



Spectacular capture Benyamin! Really a significant achievement in every respect!
George Veltchev

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-06-02 2:12]

Hello Benjamin,
Very nice to see a posting from you again. It was about time :-)
Amazing insect shot, I didn't know that Robberflies take so huge preys, poor hopper (I like them a lot).
Excellent sharpness, beautiful blurred background and an interesting subject. Very well done!
Kind regards

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-06-02 2:18]

Hello Benyamin
Superb macro capture with great scene and perfect focus.
Well done!

long time since I saw you, welcome back.
You return with a very good macro shot of a robber fly with prey.
I like the composition with the straw in a small diagonal.
The subject is sharp and stand out well from the blurry BG.
Well done.


what a capture! nice work! tfs

hi Benyamin,
what a great shot of a very interesting scene!
Amazing details, sharpness and color.

Very well done

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-06-08 7:44]

Hello Benyamin,
A fantastic macro of this Robber Fly with its prey, a fine grasshopper. Excellent timing, sharp details and beautiful natural colours. A very nice composition too.
TFS and best regards, Ulla


great shot, nice colours and sharpness,

very well done!!

regards stef

merhaba Benyamin
wonderful closeup with splendid colors, POV/OOF and sharp focus. coloration and exposure incredible. you supllied a great BOKEH effects. nicely composed and presented. thanks for sharing. best wishes

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