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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: 2006-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/6.4
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flies - Moscas - Mouches, Insects around the world, Robberfly, Insects' World, Robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae) of Europe, Insects (Insecta), Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-15 10:00
Viewed: 5998
Points: 86
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today another picture presenting my favourite family among flies (Diptera) - a robber fly Dioctria hyalipennis (Asilidae), one of 16 species of this genus known from Poland. Its size it about 14 mm. This species is living in forests.

Last time I wrote something more about different types of prey of Asilidae, and also about hunting strategies of these flies, so today some other facts from Asilidae live:

Habitats: from open areas like fields and meadows to forests (they prefer forest edges), river banks, and sandy beaches, from lowland to moutains. Most of species are strictly connected with type of habitat. They can be easy found on the leaf surfaces, on the grass, trunks, or on the ground (especially sandy roads).

Larvae: if known (even in Europe not in every species larval stage was described) generally are living in the ground or in decidous wood. They are rather slow but still predatory.

Phenology: as the adults in C Europe from midd March to the end of summer, most species in June-August.

Co-ocurrence: as always in the nature world some species co-occur in the some type of habitats, but then usually prefer different type (size!) of prey. Some example you can see here ;>

And last but not least, I would like to dedicate this picture to Ram (ramthakur) :>

As always please feel free to see (and to add your pictures!!!) to the European Asilidae theme :>

nainnain, SelenE, GLEM, ralfsworld, hansh, nglen, ArjunaVision, horia, kokos101, TAZ, Kaszek, JoseMiguel, falke, dew77, delic, vanderschelden, metcher, meyerd, cataclysta, spalaxtr, Pitter has marked this note useful
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parfait cette image d'insecte , de bons détails sont présent et l'image est bien nettte
bravo, amitičs et merci

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-05-15 10:03]

Hi Radomir,
very nice photo of this robber fly. Details, focus, sharpness, colors and lighting is very good. Well done and TFS

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-05-15 10:17]

hi Radomir,
it's always a pleasure seeing your macro shot, this one is one again perfectly manage. Very nice details and sweet light.

well done

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-05-15 10:32]

Hi Radomir,
Fantastic macro shot of the Robber Fly. Very sharp details. Great POV and DOF. The green blurry BG presents a good contrast. Very nicely composed and framed. Kudos.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-05-15 10:39]

Hi Radomir,
this is a superb capture!
Very sharp and detailed.
Well done,

Hi Radomir,
Nice shot on this Robber fly. I do not know whether there are Robber flies around my play of living. Hope to see a live one and able to take a good photo to share. For this one, the focus is right on the spot and exposure is perfect. Nice blurred background that does not distract the main subject, robber fly. TFS this masterpiece.

Nice shot of this cool bug! It must be nice to see the different between all kind of bugs, especially in the same family. Good details and colours.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2007-05-15 11:04]

Hello Radomir.
I very nice, sharp, well colored close up with a very nic POV.
Very well done.
Gr. Hans

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-15 11:20]

Hi Radomia. A very good close up shot.Sharp detail and good focus. with colours. a nice POV and DOF. well done TFS.Nick..

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-15 11:23]

Hello Radomir,
You have some real beauties hidden in your archives: like this Robber Fly, depicted in an excellent macro, the fly standing out superbly against the diffuse green BG.
This is a species new to me, which makes this post even more fascinating
TFS and greetings from us in Ĺhus to you in Lodz!

Yes... yes...! Very good.

POV and DOF are beautifull. Good note...

Greetings, Arjuna.

I am much honoured by your dedication of this great picture to me, Radomir :-). Thanks!

A very beautiful lateral view of this Robberfly. Precise focus with impeccable details.

TFS and best regards.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-15 12:26]

Hi Radek

Another great robberfly shot from you, my friend!
I really like the side POV on this one and the good perspective it gave you in order to blurr that BG nicely. The contrast here is exceptional and the sahrpness of the details is oustanding!
Very good DOF choice, too and also very good exposure management!
A lovely dedication!
I really like your work with this new theme, too...a lot of beautiful photos ;)

Bravo and TFS

hello radomir!
excellent macro shot, wonderful sharpness, colors and composition.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-05-15 12:54]

Hello Radomir,
This composition is well done for this little hunter. Colors, sharpness, DOF and exposure (with flash) are super. I like the green tones of the blurred background. Useful note too.
Bravo and TFS.

HI Radomir,
a wonderful shot, excellent quality and an elegant insect, I like it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2007-05-15 13:09]

Wspaniale makro. Dobrze oddane szczegoly i piekne swieze zielone tlo :)

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  • pgmoni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 343 W: 100 N: 637] (2769)
  • [2007-05-15 14:52]

Outstanding picture of Dioctria! The light is perfect and give a true feeling for the shady biotope this genus seems to like. Great work

Hi Radomir,
A great macro you present us!
I liek so much your POV to show us this specie of fly.
Got penty of clear and sharp details , thanks to the good light and excellent exposure setting choice.
Great the blurred background and the way it is putted away.
I like very much the composition made and the pose of the insect.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-15 23:33]

Hello Radomir

A super shot of this robber fly.The DOF and POV are excellent.The focus and details are sharp.Very good colour saturation.TFS


I find the coolpix takes great macro. I have a8700 too, and it is similar to this.
Your focus and steadiness is perfect.
Great detail!
Thank you for your comment in my hummingbird.

Excellente prise vue et explication impeccable.
Bonne journée.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-16 8:02]

Hello Radomi,
Very nice shot showing interesting and sharp details of this Robber fly nicely posed on a leaf. Excellent composition!
TFS, Ulla

Hi Radomir,

This is a very good Macro image. Although you got it sideways, I still want to compliment you on the DOF which was just superb, as every part of the butterfly is perfectly in focus. The BG is also very good. An excellent job you did here. Well done.


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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-05-16 8:47]

Another great macro from you, Radomir! Perfect details, composition and exposure makes this both a speciesphoto and a piece of art....


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-05-16 10:07]

Hello Radomir,
Very nice close up.POV,lighting,details,colors,exposure and framing are wonderful.TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-05-16 11:24]

Hola Radomir,
preciosa macro los detalles son excelentes,
nitidez y iluminación perfectas,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-16 12:03]

Hello Radomir,
Very nice close up.POV,BG,sharpness,details and framing are wonderful.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-05-16 15:21]

Hi Radomir,
The technical excellence of this robber fly macro is top notch. Beautiful work.
Best wishes,

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-05-16 15:41]

zdjecie pierwszej jakosci, makro cudo

Hi Radomir,
I do not know much about flies but even with my knowledge I can understand somehow why it is one of your favourites due to that awesome stand-alone eye.
Very good macro...

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-05-17 15:17]

selam radomir; wow great shot ,nice colours and clear pose with well presented POV . good BG. TFS well done.
all the best ,

Hi, Radomir.
Great macro. Very good sharpness and exposure. Nice pose and colors.

Dear Radomir,
this Asilid portrait is perfect, as many said before me (sorry for the delay!) . I particularely like the transparency in the light parts and the stance of the fly, ready to be Brutus again. Beautiful! Thank you, Radomir, for sharing.
Best regards

Hi Radomir, splendid fly with wonderful details, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-05-20 17:42]

Witaj Radomir!
This is a very good macro and note - both are educational. Details and colors are perfect.

Hola Radomir,
Excelente macro, se ven muy bien todos los detalles con gran nitidez, la informacion es extraordinaria. Saludos
José Ramón

Piekne ladnie skomponowane zdjecie z bardzo ladny zielonym rozmytym tlem. Glebia osrosci taka jak trzeba. Czekam na wiecej

Hej Radomirze!
Swietne! Kolory cudo, rewelacyjne POV i GO... i te szczegoly! Brawo!

Hi Radomir,
Extraordinary details and sharpness. Very good and natural colors. TFS. Mustafa

Hi Radomir,
There are very similar species in Argentina. This one is very good, shows nice details, light and colours. Only it lacks the prey, he, he... ;)
Best regards

Dear Radomir,

I havent seen such a slnder one before, with those eyes it makes a good model for amcro thru your lens. Well done!

Hello Radomir,
Nice Robber Fly with great the blurred background! Wonderful work!

Best regards, Leonid

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