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Prey or not

Prey or not
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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-10-14 10:29
Viewed: 3502
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
With the red, curved rear point, which has much gone of the sting of a scorpion, the male holds the female fixed during the paring. To infer the female, he gives her a drop saliva firstly. Generally the scorpions flies hide themselves on the shade side of a hedge or a small wood. They do not love apparently direct sunshine. They feed there self mainly with dead insects, which they obtain sometimes from a spider web. The female has a sharp rear. The larvae are a kind of caterpillars and are 15 mm large.

Yes this is an interesting shot. I like the composition where the scorpionsfly is looking to thhe bug walking unther. Very atractive shot. I hope you like it too.
gr. jaap

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Interesting insight into the world of these insects. I also wonder whether the bug susrvived or not :-)

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-10-14 11:33]

Hi Jaap,

Beautiful capture and well done on the composition and details.
Did you wait to see if that bug would have become a meal?


Hi Jaap,
I don't know if they are frequent where you live, but it's always a nice insect to catch. We don't have many here. It's good you had the back curved like a scorpion tail. They are not always in that position. Very good colors and soft light. Instructive shot.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-14 14:15]

Hi Jaap,

The last shots with your old canon before your new camera arrives? :) This is a nice macro shot. Well done & TFS!


Very good macro, Jaap.
Very nice to see a scorpion fly again, they use to be common but not this year, it's the same as it's with the b-flies, a bad year.;-(
Well composed, nice colours and good POV.
Very well done.

Hi Jaap,
this is so impressive, this flies are the most interesting ones for me, but I've never seen a male. I have seen a female, perhaps you have seen my photo here a few weeks ago, but this one is so wonderful and I like the red tail and the pretty wings. You captured a wonderful moment and I want to say thanks to you for this shot, I enjoyed it very much.
Have a nice weekend, Jaap, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Very interesting Post Jaap, there is a few issues with the image all which I am sure you well aware. Getting a new cam Jaap, very nice. I'm sure it will have good macro capabilities. Well done.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-10-14 16:42]

Hi Jaap,
Excellent close-up!
Amazing capture, and very interesting note.
Well done and thanks for sharing!

Great capture Jaap,
Good sharp and clear detail. The colours are nice and the exposure is spot on. I've still to see one of these scorpion flys
Great shot. Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.

Great capture Jaap. I'd like to shoot the scorpion fly one day..If I'm lucky. Thank You.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-14 22:27]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Power of evocation in me: strong.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Jaap.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-10-15 2:11]

Goedenmorgen Jaap,

Ik denk dat het prooi zal worden, volgens de houding van schorpioen, opnieuw een pracht geplaatste foto met een balade van kleuren. Ik heb wel het gerief, maar niet de kennis om dit te verwezelijken, u bent een crak Jaap!
Goed weekend gewenst,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-15 2:46]

Fantastic macro, Jaap. Details are incredibly sharp, and the composition is wonderful. A rather unusual insect. Congratulations and TFS. : )

Hi Jaap, this is one of the strangest insects I've ever seen. Nice photo of an amazing creature! TFS!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-15 4:10]

Hello Jaap!
Very busy place;)POV,lighting,DOF,details and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-10-15 5:52]

Hi Jaap,
interesting insect, good composition and colours. I like it. Well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • Phoki Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 21] (284)
  • [2005-10-15 6:40]

Perfect shot!Congratulations!Kiril

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2005-10-15 13:12]

Agree with you Jaap! Composition and moment are superb. Scorpion Fly are thinking - am I hungry enough to attack this armoured target? ;-) Great post!

Hello Jaap, that´s an interesting makro. Good composition and nice colors. Sharpness and POV are great. There are part 2? It´s a great composition. TFS.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-15 17:19]

Jaap, maybe I would try to add a little bit of sharpness, but that's just an opinion.

Apart from that, I do enjoy the shot.

Excellent composition, colors, dof and pov.

The bug in the bottom is really a great bonus.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-10-15 17:56]

Bonjour Jaap, belle macro de mouche scorpion sous un angle interessant.Note instructive. Peut être un leger manque de piqué sur l'animal!! Mes félicitations Didier.

Interesting capture, the POV makes it this time, gives suspense to the view :)
Not your best details, but very eyecatching. Thanks for sharing and regards, my friend.

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