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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: 2006-08-04 7:47
Viewed: 4351
Points: 14
[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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I really don't like your model but the way you did the work is pure professionally. Excellent details, colours & composition.


Excelente macro de la mosca asesina con detalles de interes.

Hi Leo,
This is an amazing macro! Sharpness and details are just perfect! Good POV and nice blurred BG. TFS,

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  • DOBIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
  • [2006-08-04 8:23]

Hi Leo,
very well done! Perfect bg and nice subject!

Excellent close-up Leo! Nice colors, great DOF, POV and details on a lovely green background. Thanks for sharing!

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-08-04 15:56]

Hallo Leo,
a marvellous picture of this robberfly waiting for passing prey. I like to see the structural details of the legs, eyes, antennae and thoracal sklerites.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-08-05 3:33]

Hi Leoo,

A n excellent macro with very good details and sharpness,

well done and TFS,



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