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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/6.8
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Flies - Moscas - Mouches, Insects around the world, Robberfly, Insects' World, Robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae) of Europe, Insects (Insecta), Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-29 6:41
Viewed: 5089
Points: 35
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Name: Erax barbatus.

First time "noted": by Scopoli in 1763.

Profession: robber and killer, known especially because of many
murders on smaller insects (mainly flies and beetles).

Family name: Asilidae (Diptera) known also as
Robber flies, Raubfliegen, Łowikowate, or Rovfluer .

Polish members of his "robber gang" known till now from TN: Dasypogon diadema, Neoitamus cyanurus, Laphria flava.

Warning!!! - the only member of the genus in C Europe.

Typical morphological characters: long, grey beard, wings with
black dots, size about 14-16 mm.

Places where he usually attacts: forest areas, usually on lowlands (this one comes from the Spala Landscape Park, Central Poland).

Time of attacks: from early March to May, in Central Poland often
observed as one of the first members of Asilidae ready for robbering and

Last time saw by sheriff Michal (known also as Cedryk) who unfortunatelly had no chance during confrontation with this robber... ;>
For details pease see here.

Wanted: alive, the best way - on pictures ;>

cedryk, JORAPAVI, Bufo, clnaef, jcoowanitwong, horia, Alex99, delic has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To cloud: ciemne-jasnecicindela 1 04-28 05:13
To sily: asilidd flycicindela 1 04-05 14:21
To red45: lowiki w tereniecicindela 3 03-30 07:28
To batu: light-dark "interactions"cicindela 1 03-29 18:13
To puciu: jasnosc-ciemnosc :)cicindela 1 03-29 17:02
To Bufo: fortunatelly not human predators :)cicindela 1 03-29 13:13
To horia: light...cicindela 1 03-29 13:07
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Hahahaha :-) Fajna notka...
Robal tez jak wiadomo niczego sobie :-)
Fotka troszke za ciemna na moim monitorze, ale to pewnie wlasnie wina monitora.
Co ciekawe zwierzak na twojej fotce ma brode w chlodnym odcieniu a na mojej w jasnym...

Hola Radomir,
Una mosca muy peluda, buena nitidez con mucho detalle. Saludos

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-03-29 7:38]
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Hello Radomir,
the next impressive insect picture from your collection showing nice and sharp details. The darkness of the picture produces a specific 'ominous' atmosphere. On the other side, a bit more brightness would be suitable to show details clearer but this would destroy the atmosphere - an act of balance!
Best wishes, Peter

Really ugly guy well captured and presented.
Nice note too.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-03-29 8:16]
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Czesc Radek!
Troche ciemne wyszlo, ale bardzo ciekawy obiekt za to. Pieknie widac szczegoly budowy i owlosienia ;-) Jesli sa lowiki to i innych owadow pewnie juz nie brakuje ;-)

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-03-29 8:28]
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Hi Radomir,
I've seen once how these guys work. Frightening sigth and I'm really glad we don't have a species predating on humans.
Well captured!
Regards, Jacob

Parfait pour une étude anatomique.
Bonne journée.

good focus mice colors but a bit too dark

Hello Radomir,
Perfect macro picture. You are able to caught this one on the spot even he is hiding in the dark :) TFS.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-03-29 11:16]

Hi Radomir,
Wonderful macro shot. A bit dark but that is the beauty of the shot. Neat and sharp. Great POV and BG. Very nicely composed and framed. Kudos.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-29 12:41]
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Hi Radek

Another magnificent macro work from you, my friend!
The magnification and level of details here are amazing and the clarity and definition are impeccable! I really like seeing all those hairs on its body...they make it look somehow more ferocious :))
The lighting is good but a bit more wouldn't have hurt :), but the natural colors came out really nicely this way, too.
Great and funny note, too :)

Bravo and TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-29 13:42]

Hi Radomir.
What a nice colour palette of this amazing macro shot. Deep dark tones are suitable for this insect so much. I like your impressive POV, exact level of sharpness and perfect work with flash. My compliments. Perfect close-up work.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-29 13:45]

Hello Radomir,
Another beautiful photo of an ugly fly :). Humorous note. Photo itself is excellent. Taken with skillful macro technique. Regards,

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2007-03-29 14:54]
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Cześć. Piękne włochate stworzonko i świetne zdjęcie. Moim zdaniem wystarczająco jasne.

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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)
  • [2007-04-01 18:25]

hello Radomir

sharp and nice colours close up picture of this ugly insect



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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-04-05 14:09]
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HI Radomir!
What I like about this photo are it's great macro details and Dof, great focus and contrast!

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-11 16:55]

Excellent shot of this beautiful insect.
Good POV and DOF. Great exposure.
Good sharpness ı wait your new works radomir

Mucha w naturalnym otoczeniu, ostrość jak należy, ale przyciemnawe.

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