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Robber Fly

Robber Fly
Photo Information
Copyright: Mark Galea (magal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Raynox DCR-150
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae) of Europe, Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-26 13:39
Viewed: 5710
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends,
It has been such a long time since my last upload, I completely forgot the requirements and max. dimensions for downsizing photos to TN!!!! A job change left me stuck out in the Libyan desert for twelve weeks and photography was completely out of reach.
I chose to recommence postings with a shot I took in the beginning of last Summer - high season for these Robber flies, of the family Asilidae, which contains about 7,100 described species worldwide. All robber flies [also known as assassin 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 bumble bee mimics. Adult robber flies attack other flies, beetles, butterflies and moths, various bees, dragon and damselflies, ichneumon wasps, grasshoppers, and some spiders.
I chose this unusual frontal view mostly because I wanted a different compositional approach.
The shot was taken with the camera supported on a monopod, focus was in manual and fill in flash to compensate for the narrow aperture rendered necessary by the use of the Raynox
Thanks for watching

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Gran originalidad y composición Mark. Excelente enfoque y correcta profundidad. Naturalidad en los colores y más que correcto fondo. Preciosa !!

Un saludo: J. Ignasi

Ciao Mark.
Interessante inquadratura, buona illuminazione, forse la messa a fuoco poteva essere migliore.


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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-10-26 16:09]

Hello Mark,
Interesting and original shot, nise composition and POV
Regards, Dejan

Hi Mark,
Great close-up. TFS. Mustafa

Mooie compositie en goede dof. scherpte ligt mooi op de facet ogen.

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2007-10-28 0:14]

Hi Mark,
Beautifull macro shot. fine details and colors.great pose!

Hello Mark,
Interesting, very sharp and detailed close-up of the robber fly. I like the way you presented it - relaxing on the top of some plant species.
Bravo also for informative note.
Best withes from Poland,

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2008-01-14 9:28]

Hi Mark
very nice POV and capture.
I like the increadibly posicion you got from this POV. good sharpness. and colors, the BG is awesome and improves the image..
well done.

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  • gothy Silver Star Critiquer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 2] (254)
  • [2008-04-04 15:47]

Hello Mark
very nice close up
good details and colors

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