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killer fly
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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-07-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5000, 28-105 mm, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.9, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flies - Moscas - Mouches, Robberfly, Robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae) of Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-11 4:53
Viewed: 5280
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Machimus sp. - robber fly
Family: Asilidae

"The ROBBER FLIES comprise one of the largest and most abundant families of present day insects. Distributed through all parts of the world, 530 genera and subgenera have been proposed and about 7,000 species are known . In addition, 18 genera and 39 species have been described from Eocene, Oligocene, and Miocene; 15 of these genera are also Recent.

Because of their predatory habit of feeding on other insects and their voravious appetites, they contribute to the maintenance of the natural balance among insect populations. To some extent, parasitic wasps and flies are taken by them, but much of their prey consists of plant-feeding insects.

Certain species are known to seriously deplete the populations of apiaries. The adults are, with few exceptions, active flies, of considerable size and readily attract attention.

(Above text is an ex. from Asilidae Homepage)

This fly was taken while waiting for a prey in xerothermic Melnik rocks, on the outskirts of the Pirin Mountains.

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Very good detail on this fly, although maybe a bit soft on the tail. Still a great shot! Well done.


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  • gpepp Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 26] (97)
  • [2005-08-11 5:16]

Good macro. The details are very good on the photo. You chosed the background perfect. TFS!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-11 5:23]

Very sharp and detailed robber. I like composition and POV, bright BG isn't perfect but at least it made good contrast and details on fly are better seen. I was going to post similiar robber with prey today but finally I've changed my mind.

wow nice shot

Very good sharpness and details.

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-08-11 7:19]

Hello Michal!
VEry nice macro!Colours,details and light are great.
Thanks for posting...

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-08-11 12:07]

Michal, impressive sharpness, great pov and composition.

I like contrast too. A very beautiful insect, a great shot.


  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-08-14 16:01]

Very good indeed!
Yes, it's the same specie!
Perfect details and sharpness!
5* photo!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-19 15:24]

Hi Michal, very nice 'portrait' of this Robber-fly. I like the simplicity of it. The focus is spot on and the DOF good. Very nice shot. Well done.

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  • rybson (2)
  • [2005-09-24 16:40]
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Fajny :) ,znam juz 3 nazwy mianowicie "Łapik" "Łowik" i "Łowczyk" ,która jest poprawna ? :).POzdr

Mow sobie co chcesz, ale to jeden z najlepszych lowikow jakie widzialem na fotkach ;)rj

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