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Is the bug a killer?

Is the bug a killer?
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Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects in Brazil, Robberflies of South America [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-12-18 9:31
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Points: 28
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In fact, I donít think the bug above killed the mosquito lying dead next to him. The bug was around and I had already took some photos of him in my girlfriendís apartment. When I was about to leave her place, I saw him by a window, near this mosquito.

Whether he killed the mosquito or not, I think he looks scary. Donít you?

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Excellently sharp macro of this fly which I do think must be some sort of robber fly. Good use of flash to get all the details without blowing part of the photo, great DOF.

I really would like to know more about this kind of insect - mosquito or fly - (looks big in comparison to the dead fly). Your macro couldn't be better, sharp all over, very surprising details like the thorax texture, incredible legs. Looks like coming from another world. I guess this scary mosquito has nothing to with the fly's death, but, all together, your composition has personality. Very well done, Livio.

Livio, I wold also say good use of flash. Sharp & detailed. Very Good!

Very good macro Livio.
I think I have post a similar earlier.
I think Bente's Id it right.
Good sharpness and details
Well done.

Nice photo of interesting situation. Yes, I think it looks scary, but it also look sad to me.

I think I know what it is.
Your bug has only one pair of normal wings, large compound eyes, mouth that can be used for piercing and really long legs, so I think same as Bente and Gert that it is Robber Fly.

Robber flies are common "killers".
They capture their prey in their legs and kill it with toxic liquid injected through their short proboscis. After that they suck digested inners of their victim through the proboscis.
I know it sounds quite horrible, but this is their way to live.
I'm quite sure this one isn't the reason of this fly death - animals usually don't hunt in captivity they rather try to escape. And you can always find some death flies on window-ledge.

Your photo really nice shows this "monster". Thanks for posting

Yeah very interesting macro shot. The details on the mosquito are superb. Hard to say how the fly died it looks in good condition. Great post.

Really good close up of this unusal thing, makes a great idea for a monster film or similar, well captured.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-12-19 1:05]

A great one, Livio.
Wise use of the fill-flash.

Very good macro Livio. Well done

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ***
Color: ***
DOF: ***
POV: ***
Note: **

Interesting shot, good sharpness.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-12-19 8:18]

A scene from Gladiator movie :-) Very well spotted and captured, with high quality level.

Interesting post, although the composition in horrible and artificial, The colour and details make it funny. This are impressing insects.

Excellent detail on the robber fly, good composition and exposure with the flash. The Powershot Pro certainly has an impressive macro function on its lens.
You are getting better and better.

Indeed, a scary and horrible picture in the way you photographed this scen, but also funny !

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