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Predator on My Bike

Predator on My Bike
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae) of Europe, Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-03 5:54
Viewed: 4992
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I cycled up to our butterfly locality near home, parked the bike and went to look for interesting subjects to photograph. On my return I saw this 2 cm-long insect on the front mudguard.

It turned out to be a large Robberfly species, Laphria flava (fam. Asilididae), having a meal. It was sucking the life out of a greenish yellow beetle.

Laphria flava is fairly common in coniferous forests on sandy areas in S. sweden and most of Europe. It lays its eggs on dead wood and the larvae feed on beetle larvae in dead wood.

The prey, the 8 mm long yellowish beetle is Cteniopus flavus, (Alleculidae), most common in flowery areas in the eastern half of S. Sweden. They are often seen on flowers such as scabious in June and July. Their larvae live in rotting wood.

The aluminium mudguard is covered in pine pollen and the front light can just be made out in the BG on the left. It is not in the spirit of TN to show man-made objects, but occasionally this is unavoidable.

This shot was taken with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 1.8 meters and cropped by about 50%.
After size reduction the image was selectively sharpened.

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Hi Ivan
Interesting documentary shot. Nice moment. Pretty good sharpness. Good buckground and nice composition.

Best wishes

You have a small mistake in a title :-)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-03 6:00]

Hi Ivan.
Excellent clear macro shot of this attractive (for us and robber fly) scene. I like excellent sharpness and details of the main subject, amazing nicely coloured BG and wonderful triangle composition. I hope the bike was not at movement. Bravo and TFS.

Hi Ivan,
Very interesting capture ok the law of nature,
Image so sharp and good light
Tank you for sharing

Excellent closeup. Nice and sharp and well focused. I'm seeing a lot of robber flies this year. They are really quick when they go after something. I was taking some photos of one and it swooped around and landed on my back as if to send me a little message. :-)

Well done!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-09-03 6:49]

That must have been formidable!
Sharp with great details.
Brilliant DOF.
Well done,

It is really exciting to see the Robberfly with its prey, Ivan.
Both the insects are beautifully captured in this scene that took place atop your bike.
Thanks for sharing and warm regards.

hej ivan!
mums mums;)
nice macro with good sharpness
and fine composition!
good work!

Hej Ivan
Really cool and at the same time original shot.
Excellent action, details and colours. I think it is not just predator on your bike I even can see corrosion :)
TFS / Hälsningar

Jag måste ta bort blåhake från min lista och därför har jag bokat en bil och åker till Gävle :) nu i helgen. Det är roligt att träffa Gert och hans polare också :) Hoppas att vädret håller. Nu är det mörkt och det regnar när som hällst...

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-03 8:57]

Hi Ivan,
Splendid macro shot with awesome details and sharpness. The robberfly seems to be having a good catch. Superb natural lighting and the Bg looks great. Must be a fruitful bike ride for you. Excellent POV to portray this scene and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-09-03 9:30]

Hola Ivan,
buena macro y momento excelente,
nitidez y buenos detalles,
exquisito bg, y pov.
buen trabajo,

Hello Ivan excellent sharp detail and good composition although your bike needs a clean it wotked out well here :-) tfs rgds Necip.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-09-03 11:42]

Hello Ivan,
well observed and captured. Both, predator and prey are clearly seen. In spite of the long working distance and hand-held shot, body hairs of the robberfly can be recognized.
Clearly, the surface of the mudguard is not ideal to achieve good contrast to the robberfly.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Ivan
Splendid photography, clearness, and the colors are remarkable.
If the scene is natural, this is seizing.
Some people make setting in cruel scenes : it is ashamed.
Thank you for this stereotype

Hello Ivan, impressive macro shot for a strange insect, outstanding focus with many details, wonderfull colors and sharpness, I like very much the background and the fine composition,
well done,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-09-04 0:31]

Hi Ivan,

A nice capture,macro quality,good colors,detail and BG,regards,


Hi Ivan,
You were lucky enough to shot these interesting species. On the first sight the robber will look like a giant bee and the poor little leaf beetle was also very beautiful. Nice capture. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-04 3:01]

Ivan, superb this is what the rule of the game. big fish eat smaller one. Some other bigger one eat the big one. But I just love the Pov and focus is perfect.Ganesh

Hi Ivan,
Excellent capture of the bug having lunch. Outstanding detail, color and POV. Very well done.


Hi Ivan,
Great macro! Picture of the law of strongest!
Excellent color and sharpness.
Congratulations for the wealth of details.
Well done!
Best regards,
José Roberto

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-04 13:08]

Wow! That is high drama indeed!
GReat colours and details, superb composition

Hola Ivan,
Gran captura muy oportuna, excelente nitidez y detalles, la luz y el fondo son magníficos, saludos
José Ramón

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-04 15:44]

Hello Yvan ! Well we never know when a situation like that will occur ! We have to look everywhere to find good subjects ! Well done ! Great macro, nice timing and great overall qualities. Thanks !


Quelle belle représentation de la nature dans toute sa vitalité, le sujet est particulioèrement riche et la prise est superbe avec une grande netteté, des belles couleurs naturelles.

Salut Yvan
C'est une superbe prise en macro, belle photo de ce magnifique insecte a la chasse. avec ses beaux détails et ces magnifiques couleurs.
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-09-04 17:59]

Hi Ivan,
wow grreat macro shot, the details are fabulous.
Very nice DOF and excellent colors.

Hi Ivan, splendid capture from your bike, great composition with predator in action, wonderful details, great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-05 13:47]

Hi Ivan. Great shot of the Fly having its meal.a lucky find on your bike. good details. and colour.its hairy body has come out so well.

Hi Ivan
Very nice document and sharpness, light and compo.

Hello Ivan,
A very good document showing this aerial predator feeding on a tiny upon your bike, maybe the robberfly was tired and need you carried to it house, ha, ha. Maybe composition needs a little crop in left below corner, but its only my preference.
Best regards

Dear Ivan!
I was not in your gallery last time and now I see what I overlooked :)
Very nice documentary picture, I believe not easy to take. These flies are fast even if they are just after finishing hunting :) Also I can see that you are always ready to photograph! I can imagine that you stopped your bike to take picture of this interesting robber fly :)
BG, details, colours and composition are very nice, and the "habitat" original ;>
TFS and best regards from rather cold Lodz,

PS. I just added this picture to theme Asilidae of Europe. I hope it is ok for you :)

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