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Tiny prey

Tiny prey
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Copyright: Paulo Tcr (tcr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 1000D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, close-up lens +4x
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-16 11:52
Viewed: 3368
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ommatius sp and unknown tiny fly.


Insects in the Diptera family Asilidae are commonly called robber flies. 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, ants, dragon and damselflies, Ichneumon wasps, grasshoppers, and some spiders.


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  • Great 
  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-05-16 12:38]

Hi Paolo
Fantastic macro!
Details and colors are perfcet1

Este é um Robberfly fotografadas com grande luz e POV inteiramente adequado para esta espécie. O fundo é uma arte! muito turva e de cores consistentes para gerar um contraste.
Acho que la robberfly em uma dieta! deve ser como tomar um "café" para ela comer uma mosca pequena como isso! Aqui eu tenho visto eles comem vespas, besouros, gafanhotos e congêneres!
Cumprimentos, obrigado por compartilhar, semana feliz para você!

Good capture Paulo. Both the image and the little prey ! I am giving you 10/10 just for the composition and the brilliant well preserved moment! Bravo!
George Veltchev

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2010-05-16 15:53]

Hi Paulo , nice closeup of this robber-fly , with some nice details , and a perfect background , great moment to capture too . TFS

  • Great 
  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-05-16 18:06]

Hola Paulo.
Hermoso y fino trabajo realizado aqui. Un bello momento capturado en la imagen.
La iluminacion y fondo le dan mas realce a la fotografia.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-16 19:50]

Hi Paulo,
excellent sharpness of this insect. How I like looking at the eyes, clear and bulging.
The details are superb with the smaller insect poked through well seen.
I like the slanting composition with soft and smooth background.


  • Great 
  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-05-16 22:33]

Hello Paulo
A top quality macro image with great details, perfect focus and wonderful colors
Thanks for sharing

Hello Paulo,
very beautifull capture, vivid colors, nice light, very sharp details, great BG, well done,
TFS, regards,

hello Paulo
very good pose with great details and beautiful sharpness
greeting lou

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