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Robber on the Rock

Robber on the Rock
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-08 5:22
Viewed: 2955
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Friends, I am a bit obsessed with the ‘not-that-good’ a picture of an insect I posted two days ago. Suggestions from a couple of members indicated it was a Robber Fly and I could not disagree. After all, there are 7100 species of the insect to contend with!
Anyway, one insect that I shot in the same geographical region a day later is, without any doubt whatsoever, a species of the Robber Fly. I thought it would be logical to post the image of that insect here today. You can see that it is stationed on a rock. The time I shot it was late in the evening with the darkness gathering.
Minimal PP work has been done on this image. I have retained a large portion of the rock as BG; I thought maybe the rock was more interesting than the subject!:-)

Here is a note on the Robber Fly:

Flies in the Diptera family Asilidae are commonly known as 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 bumble bee mimics. Adult robber flies attack other flies, beetles, butterflies and moths, various bees, dragon and damselflies, ichneumon wasps, grasshoppers, and some spiders.

Source: Wikipedia


anel, pankajbajpai, cataclysta, jcoowanitwong, loot, undoredo, wkshelton, mikou, peter_stoeckl, uleko has marked this note useful
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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-12-08 5:30]

Hi Ram,
I just see your picture of a Robber fly. You wouldn't believe I shot almost the same picture than you of a almost similar fly on a rock, last sommer. I think flies are very interesting creatures. I believe that Peter Roos (batu) knows a lot about them.
Best regards

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-08 5:34]

Hi Ram,
Perfect exposure, sharpness and strong visual impact in this double photo. Lovely rock as you suspect :-)
TFS, José M.
PS. Good new portrait in your Intro page.

Hello Mr Thakur,
the robber fly has been captured well,
the shades of the rock on which its resting look lovely,
nice sharpness,
well composed shot,
tfs & regards

Hello Ram
Main subject is well presented. Perhaps the wings are little bit to dark. The surface of the rock is also interesting here. Together with a great note rely good presentation.
Best wishes

Hi Ram,
I love both the Robber fly and the rock in background. This is my first time to see a Robber fly at this pov. Very well done picture. TFS.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-12-08 10:44]

Hi Ram

I just love this interesting and lovely piece of marble rock of yours showing its structure very clear. Just a pity it has some dirt spot on it. Oh, sorry, I see it is a fly…a robber fly. Maybe I should have read your notes first. Fortunately both can go through as nature and you don’t have to be worried somebody might report a TOS violation.

I’m only joking with you my friend. Although the fly is a little on the small side it is still a fine capture with this top view. It shows the legs, head, and mouth parts very clear and although the wings might be a little on the dark side one can still form a clear picture of it and the body as well. It is clear that this fly is a hunter as those bristles on the legs indicates that once it grabbed hold of its prey it won’t be easy to escape again.

Good effort and TFS.

Hi Ram,
You found another Asilidae(Robber fly).
They are a tyrant in their field. :-)
You will see them to hunt other insects which has bigger body than them.
Nice captured!!

Hello Ram,

Excllent work, great colors Bg POV DOF excellent Job

TFS Kyle

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-08 12:37]

Hi Ram.
Nice catch hereof insect are sent today.Good POV and composition.Very nice sharpened details on main subject.I must admit, that the me very take rock on background.Its splendid structure and colour scheme - very much nice.
Well done.TFS and regards.

Hello Ram,
both the insect and the structures of the rock are cristal clear, and the subtle hues of brown and blue are fascinating, aestetically very pleasing. The picture is much more than just a portrait of a fly, it brings me in close touch with nature in a powerful and convincing way.
Thank you! My best regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-11 9:35]

Hello Ram,
This is almost as nasty as my snake! But you've captured it so well, it is small but very sharp and it stands out very nicely from the blueish rock. In sunlight it would probably have been less successful.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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