Robberfly - close up
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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, and 3 simple eyes 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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Ciao Paulo, great portrait with fantastic details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
- [2015-07-03 11:01]
Hi Paulo,a very good micro macro showing us the eye details of this robberfly,difficult and brave pic,excellent result,good sharpness and colors.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
- [2015-07-04 3:56]
Great close up with most of the detail in superb condition. Great exposure too.
Du beau travail, une superbe macro
Bon W E