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Snipe Fly

Snipe Fly
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/5.9, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-14 8:24
Viewed: 3128
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well now it looks some type of snipe fly. Thank you very much Radek (cicindella).

Rhagionidae or snipe flies are a small family of flies containing 21 genera.

Rhagionidae are medium–sized or large flies with slender bodies and stilt–like legs. The mouthparts are adapted for piercing and many species are haematophagous as adults, while others are predatory on other insects. They are typically brown and yellow flies, and lack bristles. The larvae are also predatory and are mostly terrestrial, although some are aquatic.

Snipe flies in the genus Rhagio are sometimes called "down-looker" flies after their habit of perching head-downward on tree trunks.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Infraclass: Neoptera
Superorder: Endopterygota
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Brachycera
Infraorder: Tabanomorpha
Superfamily: Tabanoidea
Family: Rhagionidae

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-14 8:27]

Hi Haraprasan . Sorry i dont know the ID but its a fine close up. You have used the light so well to make the eyes shine with colours. fine detail and a nice low POV. well done TFS

I am sure someone will have the ID.

Hi Haraprasan,

I dont know the ID, but what a beautiful coloured head has this fly.

Good sharp macro shot.


Hello Haraprasan,

Fantastic close up.
Wonderful colours with excellent details.
Composition and lighting are very good.

So clear and so vivid.

Third fly ID in two days now for 3 dif people...Still an easy to ID shot...With all of your particular expertise, I am somewhat surprised you do not know. You're the fella I come to for an ID in India for sure..Very clever and well defined body parts to the fly..it looms larger than it may actually be!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-14 9:43]

Hi Haraprasan,

The lighting is wonderful showing off the marvelous colors of the eyes. I love the pose with the rear up and the opened transparent wing. Excellent colors and details of this fly.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-14 9:55]

Hello Hara,
I don't feel that this is a Robber Fly, the legs are too long and hairless, but having said that I can't give you an ID of this beautiful and unusual species of fly that you have captured with great sharpness from a fine POV.
This is in fact a great macro and it would be sad if thie species of fly it portrays has no name.
Thanks for sharing it,

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-09-14 10:35]

Hello Haraprasan,

Excellent sharp picture of this robber fly. Good POV. Superb detail. Very good lighting and nice colours.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-09-14 10:52]

Hi Haraprasan , wonderful macro shot of this robber fly. superb details and colours. TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-14 11:09]

Hello Haraprasan,
Superb macro in wonderful clear colours and great sharpness. Very good POV and composition.
Kind regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-14 12:04]

Hello Haraprasan,
Very beautiful shot. The details are very well defined. POV, contrast and colors are perfect.
Best regards

Hello Haraprasan, great mactro capture.
TFS and regards,

Hi Haraprasan!
I really can not find the words to describe this picture. I am not sure what was the size of this fly, but probably not bigger than 10-14mm. Fantastic capture, another one which I would like to see in the PES gallery ;>
According to the ID - it is not robber fly (Asilidae). For me it looks a little as member of Rhagionidae, but the true is that it can be something different.
Anyway, colours, sharpness (wonderful eyes!) and DOF are perfect. Really great work my Friend!
TFS and please show us more! :>
Greetings from cold Lodz,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-14 15:23]

Woww! Look at those eyes!
Incredible macro, Haraprasan.
The POV is great.
Very sharp with fine detail.
Great composition.

Well done,

Hi my friend Haraprasan, a great macro capture of this interesting roberfly:) with wonderful details and composition. Its posture is very lovely:). [like acat:)]
Many thanks for sharing this!
Have a nice new week!


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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2008-09-14 17:37]

Great image. Excellent sharpness on the subject, and I just love the color of the eyes. Sorry I can't help with the ID, though.

Hola Haraprasan,
Buen acercamiento a este minúsculo insecto que nos muestras con gran nitidez y riqueza de detalles, bonita composición e iluminación, saludos
José Ramón

Hi Haraprasan,
we see rarely flies other than syrphids on TN. Thank you for posting this wonderful rhagionid. You did an excellent macrojob on the small fly, DOF, the sharpness and the light are excellent.
Best regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-15 5:32]

Hello HP, I could not resist from commenting this as I was just closing my system. Just superb shot and excellent clarity.Wonderful composition and great POV. Ganesh smiley later

What a fantastic creature! Lovely colours and detail. Love the head colours.


Namastay Hara,
I picked this one out f your recent shots because it struck me as an unusual insect.
The colours in the eyes are amazing,and it looks like quite a small fly.
Your shot is really clear with great detail.
Very good work once again.

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