Robberfly and prey
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|Robberfly, leafhopper and an orange creature.|
Insects in the Diptera family Asilidae are commonly called robber flies. The family Asilidae contains about 7,100 described species worldwide.
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.
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Beautiful close macro you have here, Paulo. Timing is great with sharp image details. Thanks and kind regards.
- [2011-12-28 23:28]
brilliantly taken macro. good clarity and sharpness with excellent lighting. tfs.
Ciao Paulo, great action shoot, fantastic details of multiple eye, excellent sharpness, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, Happy New Year 2012, ciao Silvio
very nice picture with good details and lovely colours
A Happy new year