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Robberfly Facts

Robberfly Facts
Photo Information
Copyright: Leo Baquerfo (shakerz) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 230] (1127)
Genre: Monera
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 DI MACRO 1:1
Exposure: f/22, 2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Robberfly [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-30 20:46
Viewed: 5020
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Robbefly is one of the largest flies in the Asilidae family, this busy insect has many interesting habits. Even though it may appear that the robberfly is chasing its prey, this is never the case. Since its vision is considered excellent the robberfly simply flies out to check out anything that moves. Occasionally these insects have been observed even flying out to check out a leaf falling from the tree they were perched on.

Interestingly, this insect is capable of gauging the distance and speed of the object moving out in front of it. As it flies out it intercepts the object and if it is acceptable prey the robberfly stab it in mid air with its piercing mouth appendage. It will then return to its perch and busily eat its catch. This process begins with the robberfly injecting a fluid into its prey that liquefies the internal parts of the insect so it is easily sucked out.

However... on this picture, this robberfly has no prey. Perhaps to share on next series of my RF picture. Hope you all like it.

Camera Set-up:
mounted on tripod, mirror lock-up, auto white balance, flash 580EX (-2) with omnibounce diffuser and tilted about 45 degrees, manual focusing.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-03-30 22:23]



Merci pour l'envoie et félicitations pour la qualité d'image.


wow , very nice picture , excellent fly !

Congrats !

Absolutely great!!
very sharp pic!! good composition!!
& very good details!!
Its really great that you have got such a sharp pic with 2Sec exposure!!
I also liked the notes you have put in!!


Hi Leo

I am short on time tonight so just a quick visit. Nice shot and fully deserves the green smiley. :-)

  • Great 
  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-03-31 4:49]

Perfect macro!
Stunning details!
Excellent sharpness!
Excellent DOF!
Excellent BG!
Very good POV!
5* and TFS!

Wow! What an amazing shot - so sharp and brilliant subject. I love it!

Yet another superb shot of robberfly.
Great DOF and clarity.

  • Great 
  • Jannie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 6 N: 264] (1227)
  • [2006-03-31 10:10]

One word


Perfect: DOF, comp, detail, POV and DOF.

Great work


Very good shot. Great detail and DOF.


Perfect focus and details, it seems a mixture of fly with dragonfly.

  • Great 
  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-04-18 15:30]

Absolutely professional. Further words indespensible.

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