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Machimus atricapillus.

Machimus atricapillus.
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Copyright: Sebastien Lucas (Esox) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-F828, Sony close-up lens 58mm
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flies - Moscas - Mouches, some blood, but it's nature, The predator with the Prey, Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-07-27 13:25
Viewed: 8578
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Machimus atricapillus.

Species of dark brown measuring 14 to 18mm length. Its thorax and its abdomen are bronzed and the first carries two longitudinal black lines.
The Machimus kind includes a certain number of very similar species which are difficult to distinguish. M. atricapillus is especially recognizable with its large surmounted facial silk protuberance black and located below the antennas. The imagoes fly from July to September in various biotops of plain and mountain, meadows, edges of the forests, gardens.
They are often posed on the leafs, wood balls, awaiting the passage of a prey which they capture in flight. Disturbed, they generally return to their observation post. They slowly suck the internal liquids of their victim and often carry it (in flight) from one place to another. Also predatory, the larvae of white color live in the ground, spend the winter init and are transforming at the beginning of the summer.
Distribution: all Europe including the Caucasus; also exist on the Canary Islands.

This one had just captured a Meliscaeva cinctella (my precedent sending).

Slightly increased saturation, accentuation, and Neat Image for the noise.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-07-27 13:30]

Waouh ! Que c'est impressionnant et beau ! Bon cadrage, belles couleurs, bonne PDC, etc. Compliments !

Oh very nice capture Sebastien , I presume taken in macro mode did you use zoom or add lens to get this close.

Well taken, this has must been a difficult picture ! good composition and correct focus on the subjects

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-07-27 13:52]

Nice, the chopper brought down his pray. Great action shot on a macro scale, Sebastin

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-07-27 13:53]

Good photo and very sharp, a pity for the loser. Well seen!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-07-27 13:55]

Wauw Sebastien,
Your growing and growing man,
Very good capture here, good composed, good colours too, very good job. My compliments for it.

Very nice capture Sebastien.
Good photo and sharp.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-07-27 14:48]

Wow what a capture!
Nice and sharp with great detail.
Very nicely framed and presented.
Good work,well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-07-27 15:26]

Excellent timing on this and you can only get this kind of capture if you have lots of patience. Perfect DOF and definition.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-07-27 16:18]

Excellent shot Sebastien, poor hoverfly! Detail, DoF and composition are all top notch. You are consistently impressive.

La cuauté de la nature dans cette photo... Très bonne profoneur de champ et note hyper intéressante et appremment, contrairement à moi tu t'y connais en insectes...

Great shot. I can actually see the intestines of the fly, amazing. Very nice shot, great moment, nice note. Thanx for sharing.

Very nice picture Sebastien. It shows the brutality of the micro world very well. Spot on DOF and very good colours. Composition is perfect.

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