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Robberfly - close up


Robberfly - close up
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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: 2011-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic FZ40, close-up lens +4x
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Robberflies of South America [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2015-07-03 10:17
Viewed: 1378
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Robberfly.


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.

Wikipedia.


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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

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [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

muito boa.

A very great macro Paulo.

Thanks for sharing.

gr.Yves

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-07-04 3:56]

Hello Paulo,
Great close up with most of the detail in superb condition. Great exposure too.
Regards Sigi

Ciao Paulo
Du beau travail, une superbe macro
Bon W E
Roland

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