<< Previous Next >>

Robberfly & Its Prey #2

Robberfly & Its Prey #2
Photo Information
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: 2010-05-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony A700, Sony 100 mm F2.8 Macro
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-03 18:29
Viewed: 5754
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 28
[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]

ramthakur, Argus, Adanac, tuslaw, boreocypriensis has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

Espectacular leopardo volador. Felicidades

  • Great 
  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-06-03 22:38]

Hello Benyamin
A top quality macro image with great scene and details
Thanks for sharing

Hallo Benyamin
Thanks for sharing this great macro with awesome detail and spectacular colours. Features like the big green eye and the fine detail on the paws is beautifully captured. I fancy the centralized composition and the neutral background which emphasise the details of the insects to their best. Kind regards.

Ciao Benyamin, superb macro, one of the best that i see in this site, great capture of robberfly and its prey, fantastic details, splendid colors, wonderful blurry BG, excellent sharpness, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

What a pleasure to see you posting again, Ben!
So how are you?
The POV you have chosen to shoot this Robberfly is truly unique and innovative. Every detail and subtle colour on this brute and its prey is captured with extreme dexterity. I must thank you for sharing this image of high professional quality.
Hope you keep a regular appearance on TN. I myself have been very erratic in the last one year.
Best regards.

This Robber fly is really huge, Ben! Great dept of field stunning colors and composition! Truly awesome macro my friend!
George Veltchev

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-04 8:32]

Hello Benyamin,
Perfect! is the only word I can describe in what I see here. What a beauty! Directly into my favourites.
Have a nice weekend,

Hi Benymin

Brilliant shot, awesome details and sharpness. Fantastic work.


Ciao Benyamin. One of the best macro recentrly seen. Perfect!


  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-06 11:27]

Hello Ben,
A few days’ trip north to visit family has delayed my activity on TN!
This is a fine capture of a Robber Fly with prey taken from a nice POV with excellent sharpness, colours and lighting to make this a very good portrait of this species.
Thanks for sharing this one!
Nice to see you back on TN!
Best regards,

  • Great 
  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-06-06 18:11]

Hello Ben,
Absolutely phenomenal macro work, what detail, WOW. Superb work Ben, thank you.

  • Great 
  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-06-06 19:30]

Hello Benyamin,
Incredible image!! The detail is superb and the colors are simply gorgeous. Words can't express the exceptional quality of this fantastic image. Perfect exposure and composition. Well done!!

Es realmente impresionante el resultado que consigues, de precisión en el enfoque, de saturación atractiva en el color... enhorabuena.

Saludos desde España: Josep Ignasi.

Good Morning Benyamin,

A superb action capture of this predator fly and its poor meal. Geatly composed and focussed.. excellent use of shallow DOF too. Fine work!
TFS and jhavbe a nice day!


Calibration Check