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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro EX APO IF HSM, Digital ISO-200, Kood 72mm UV filter
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-07 2:26
Viewed: 3296
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my first Robberfly on TN :-))
I found this guy perched on a little kids tricycle so I moved it to a bush where it happily perched on this bright pink flower!

I hope you like this one!

Robber flies is the common name of flies in the Diptera family Asilidae. The family Asilidae contains about 7,100 described species worldwide. All robber flies have stout, spiny legs, a dense moustache of bristles on the face (mystax), and 3 simple eyes (ocelli) in a characteristic depression between their two large compound eyes. The mystax helps protect the head and face when the fly encounters prey bent on defense. The antennae are short, 3-segmented, sometimes with a bristle-like structure called an arista. The short, strong proboscis is used to stab and inject victims with saliva containing neurotoxic and proteolytic enzymes which paralyze and digest the insides; the fly then sucks the liquefied meal through the proboscis. Many species have long, tapering abdomens, sometimes with a sword-like ovipositor. Others are fat-bodied bumblebee mimics. Adult robber flies attack other flies, beetles, butterflies and moths, various bees, dragon and damselflies, Ichneumon wasps, grasshoppers, and some spiders.

The larvae are often found in decaying organic matter, such as dung heaps and rotting logs. Other species live in the soil. In most species the larvae are omnivorous.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-10-07 2:38]

Helo Joe,
robberflies in side-view always look impressive, in particular when shown with high sharpness
as in your picture. Nice details. Unusual colour contrast. In most cases, robberflies rest on thin halms
and not on colourful roses.
Best wishes, Peter

very good pink suroundings!
great macro

A very good macro study of this robberfly Joe, the wing over the abdomen are almost invisible, but the rest in fine detail indeed! These pests sometimes attack humans and their bite is painful.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-07 4:56]

Hello Joe, Very nice shot and my neighbor. Well done. The BG is lifting this shot. Superb one. Ganesh

Hi Joe,
A superb macro shot of a robberfly with an excellent DOF, POV and sharpness.Fantastic BG colour:)
TFS and cheers,


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-10-07 6:39]

Hi Joe
Excellent Macro work. Good sharpness, colour and detail.
Regards Jiri

Hello Joe,
Two colours in this close-up; I like the combination.
The Robberfly is overall sharp. Nicely done composition.

  • Vinster Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 5 N: 185] (789)
  • [2008-10-07 7:31]
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Hi Joe
Cool macro of this robberfly - good detail of the hairs etc. The flower (Hydrangea?) sets it off nicely.

A robber fly on a Valentines Day colour...mixed messages....true and beautiful colours while the hunchback of Notre Dame sits atop...How contradictory... sometimes this works but in strange ways...it certainly is a non sequitur .. LOL..bill Gates software doest know the Latin...why am I not surprised:-)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-07 10:06]

Hello Joe,
Have to go to a meeting. Don't have time.
Perfect photo.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-07 12:01]

Hi Joe....no comment!!This is fantastic!Just my best compliments,2 points are not enough,thnaks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-07 12:33]

Hi Joe. A very good macro shot of this Robber Fly which you have taken with fine detail and natural colours. a good side view so we can see all the details. well done TFS.

Hi Joe,
Very good macro shot of this nasty looking Robberfly. You have placed the tough guy to pink BG for photo;-) Nice low POV, good composition, sharp interesting details. Excellent work as usual!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-10-07 15:51]

Hola amigo,
splendid surroundings,
good focus and details ...
artistic shot,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-07 16:18]

Hi Joe,

I told you you work magic. If I were to move that tricycle the fly would have disappeared. With you in charge it found a setting making it look like a princess on the pink flower. I love the side view, the excellent details and the wonderful colors and shadings.


Ciao Joe,
spettacolare macro, eccellenti POV, DOF e composizione "drammatica" con BG rosso del fiore, straordinaria definizione dei dettagli dell'insetto, perfetta esposizione con il flash e ottima resa dei colori.

Cuando la vi en la imagen pequeña, pensaba que el insecto estaba posando entre telas :-))

Buena luz y trabajo con el color así como la disposición del insecto.

Abrazo: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

Hi Joe, fantastic robberfly, superb macro with beautiful colors, excellent DOF, wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Wnderfull detailed shot Joe.
I don't know how you managed to move it.
Our Robberflies take off if you get within a metre of them. Its really hard to get close enough to even get a shot at all.
You've done an amazing job with this one.
Great work!

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