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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/7.8
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): FLY-MOUCHE, Insects' World, Robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae) of Europe, Insects (Insecta), Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-20 15:00
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Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!!!
It is more than one month when I presented in TN gallery my last picture. Really long time... The reason is that during last weeks I had a lot of work (mainly field works and practices with my students). But now I am in Lodz again - even if again only for some days :>

First of all I would like to thank you very much for your kind comments and critiques to my photos during my absence in TN gallery. I am really very, very grateful for any single word!!! :>

Today a very "fresh" photo from one of my last trips to South parts of Poland. Picture was taken in Krempachy village near Nowy Targ, Pieniny Mts.

The hero of this image is a male of Laphria flava (Linnaeus, 1961) (Diptera: Asilidae) (in Polish: wierzcholowka zoltowlosa), one of the biggest Central European roberfly species.

And here are some facts about this species:

Body size: 16-25mm

Habitat: pine forests

Imagines: May-September, hunt on every smaller (and not only) insects they can catch.

Larvae: live in dead coniferous wood, they are hunting for larvae of Cerambycidae beetles.

To see some other European members of this very interesting insect group, please feel free to visit (and to add your pictures!!! :>) the theme Robber flies of Europe :>

writerscrawlz, maurydv, ramthakur, Jamesp, Vinster, uleko, haraprasan, Juyona, horia, mariki, zulfu, red45, Maite, boreocypriensis, alikox, meyerd, Argus, iris, JORAPAVI, SelenE, Alex99, liziafa has marked this note useful
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This feller looks kinda dangerous. What a macro though! The robberfly is impressive, but what helps is the framing, composition, and the sharpness. Because you did such a good job with this capture, when it first popped on my screen, I reared my head back. :)

  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-06-20 15:13]

Hi Rado..what is this?? It seem half spider and half bee!!Spectacular pic,wonderfull details,colors and sharpenss but first my compliments to show us a insect so curious and unusual,have a nice week end,Luciano

Spettacolare macro di questo strano insetto, eccellente POV, impressionanti nitidezza e definizione dei dettagli, magnifici i colori e perfetta esposizione con l'aggiunta della luce flash. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

dobre zdjęcie tego włochatego stwora w pozie bojowej, super szczegóły, dobre światło, kolory i głębia ostrości.

Hello Radomir,
Good depth of field generating a lot of sharpness.
Nicely done point of view as well.

I was wondering where you had disappeared, Radomir.
Good to know you are back from your field trip.
Your Robber Fly pictures are always extraordinary and this one is no exception.
Wonderful lateral point of view with fantastic details and colours on the Fly.
Well done and thanks for sharing this beauty.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-20 21:49]

Hi Radomir

Good to see you back again. Great shot - excellent focus/detail.


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-06-20 23:38]

Hello Radomir,
an impressive insect presented by an impressive picture. The strength of the body and of the legs
is nicely shown as are the fine structural details.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-21 2:16]

Hello Radomir,
Nice to see you back and with a really hairy 'monster' this time! It looks a bit like a mixture of a spider and a wasp! :-) Joking apart, this is a superb shot of this Robber Fly in an intrigueing pose. Great sharpness, good light and fine colours. Interesting note too!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-21 3:33]

Hello Radomir, WOW what a shot and well presented. Excellent black eye focus and sharp picture. Ganesh

Hi Radek,
Welcome back. It's a long time friend. Anyway work comes first you know. A lovely capture of this unique robberfly sp. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-21 8:52]

Hola Radomir,
interesante macro,
buen foco y detalles,
excelente pov.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-06-21 8:52]

Hi Radek

Nice to see you back here again, my friend! I hope you had a great time and took a lot of nice photos on those field trips you were on.

This is a lovely macro shot, with impeccable details on this robber fly.
The hairy texture on its body is so well visible here!
The DOF of your shot is also great and, together with the excellent low POV, distances the suject well from the BG.
Excellent job, in all aspects!

Bravo and TFS

PS: i actually thought of writing to you today anyway :) I started taking Odonatas more and more seriously (even though i'll start my PhD in reptiles in September) and i was wondering if you have any larvae determinator in any sort of format. If you do, i would really be grateful if you could somehow send me a copy :)
Anyway, thanks a lot in advance.
By the way, how are things with your manuscript that you sent? I haven't spoken to the guys there for some time (i've been busy with something else) so i thought i'd ask you.

Hello Radomir,

Excellent shot of this robber fly. Composition, POV, DOF and sharpness are great. Very well-managed light, not easy with these hairy and black guys. Good natural colours. I like its pose :-)

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-21 9:58]

Hello Radomir,
Splendid macro shot of this interesting roberfly. TFS. Greetings,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-06-21 12:52]

Czesc Radek!

Zazdroszcze mozliwosci powloczenia sie po lakach i borach :-) Kolejne piekne macro z Twojej kolekcji. Bardzo trudno jest sfotografowac w atrakcyjny sposob lowika, ale Tobie udalo sie znakomicie. Swietna poza i masa szczegolow, jednolite tlo tez pasuje idealnie do zdjecia.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-21 13:24]

Oh my god! That thing looks formidable!
He needs a shave too! :-)
Incredibly detailed and very, very sharp.
Superb composition and low-down POV.
Excellent clarity.
That coolpix is very good for macro!

Well done, Radomir!


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-06-21 15:16]

WOW!! Impressive!!!
Fantastic shot, Radomir!! Really astonishing and perfect in all aspects. An interesting specimen shown with whole detail.
Superb job!
Congratulations and TFS
Best regards

Hi Radomir, great capture of wonderful roberfly, splendid sharpness and fantastic details, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hi Radek, my dear friend,
Welcome back! A perfect and detailed shot of this interesting Central European roberfly which I heve not seen before. TFS.

Ps: Did you receive the mail which I sent you a cicindelid photo?

Una toma impresionante con todolujode detalles.

Hi Radomir,
Very detailed shot. Excellent POV. It has powerful looking pincers.
Best regards,

Hi Radomir,
thanks for being back first, and thanks for presenting such an interesting animal. Extremely well presented it is. It must be quite a sight when you meet such a robber fly. Well done as usual for you, Radomir.
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-23 12:22]

Hello Radek,
Nice to see you in action on TN again!
This is a superb macro of the Robberfly L. flava.
It is excellent in every way: sharpness, POV, lighting, BG and composition and all at only ISO 50! You really put your Coolpix to good use!
TFS this great image,
Best wishes from Åhus,

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-06-23 22:50]

Qie voilà un insecte impressionant qui ressort bien grâce à une bonne profondeur de champ.
Bonne journée.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-24 0:04]

Hi Radomir,
What a pose, clarity and sharpness...you have in thic capture dear friend....It just cant get any crispier than this...

I like the pose and the the immensely rich amount of details that has come out in this composition.The diagonal green BG is a nice addition and the light colour of the wood on which its stands act as a nice contrast to its dark colour.Excellent lighting.

I have never noticed that kind of a pose where the legs are a bend a bit.The eye looks like a chistelled out black piece of stone.Kudos!

TFS & Cheers

Hi Radomir,
Very nice shot with great colors and amazing detail and good POV
best wishes
Jean-Michel (in poland in 3 week)

Hola Radomir,
¡Impresionante! se le pueden ver los mínimos detalles con gran definición, enhorabuena por esta magnífica captura. Un cordial saludo
José Ramón

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-26 9:36]

Hi Radek,
An interesting design :o) I like the focus,sharpness, your POV, details and the composition. TFS

la verdad es que mete miedo! la foto de un delincuente.
Sorprende la nitidez y el excelente colorido.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-30 4:54]

Hi Radomir,
Outstanding close-up shot of this Robberfly with immaculate sharpness and clarity. Great pose captured and it looks so scary. Superb lighting and the hairs all over its body is shining. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-01 23:22]

Hi Radomir.
I am impresses (again and again) with terrific sharpness and details of the insect image. Scenery at whole is wonderful, POV selected skillfully and exposure parameters (aperture value firstly) are selected precisely. Bravo and kind regards.

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