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Though Shall Not Fear

Though Shall Not Fear
Photo Information
Copyright: Leo Baquerfo (shakerz) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 230] (1127)
Genre: Monera
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 DI MACRO 1:1
Exposure: f/16, 1/13 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-03 7:53
Viewed: 1395
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Diptera
Family Asilidae
Genus Asilus

Size Body length: 25 mm

This fearsome looking fly, large and giving every appearance of aggression is, nonetheless, completely harmless to man. Most of the body is hairy and golden-brown, except for the first few segments of the abdomen, which are black. Another identifying feature common to this family is the deep groove between the eyes.

Robberflies start to emerge in my hometown on mid-June with the bulk of the insects appearing in July. They are predatory flies, and the adults intercept their prey in mid-flight. The favoured food species seem to be dung beetles, but other prey recorded has included grasshoppers, bees and wasps. The robberfly hunts from a perch, which can be a stick, stone or a dung pat. The larvae of this species are themselves predatory. The adult female lays her eggs on or around a pile of animal dung. The grubs enter the soil immediately after hatching and, having fed on beetle grubs, the larvae burrow into the soil before pupating.

Camera Set-up
20D, T180mm, Manual mode (MLU) f16, TV 1/13, Metz54MZ-3 with OB & tilted about 45degrees, ISO400, tripod mounted, PSed and uncropped.

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Hello Leo beautiful macro photo.
Great colors and sharp.
TFS Jan-arie

Hello Leo
Very sharp and vivid colours here on your Robberflies. Wonderful detail
and nice composition. Nicely framed and interesting notes, now I know
how they got their name.
TFS Janice

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-08-03 9:40]

Hello Leo,
What a fantastic macro shot, sharp, colourfull and great details.

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-08-03 10:01]

Hello Leo, it's a great composition the focus looks great but it looks over sharpened - I don't think it needed that much sharpening. The colour saturation is also a little too much for me personally. They are small nits on an otherwise strong image. Well done

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-08-03 11:14]

super picture of this robberfly. details are very good. and great composition.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-08-03 11:48]

Wooow ! You made a wonderful macro ! Composition, colors, exposure, BG, DOF and sharpness are excellent ! Please, next times post your great works in 800 pixels... Interestin note too.
Bravo Leo and thanks for sharing

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2006-08-03 13:12]

that is the most razor sharp shot i have seen for a while..and there are many on here can do it ..
i am not an insect buff but the pose and sat colours make this a larger than life shot

Hi Leo,
it looks realy dangerous.
A wonderful sharp shot with pretty colours of this impressive insect, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

great shot, Leo. I like the clean background and the sharpness across the shot, but most of all I like the subject. It's an interesting looking creature and I haven't seen them before.

Good macro, Leo! Nice composition, colours and BG. Good sharpness
Best regards

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