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Asilidae sp (ID)

Asilidae sp (ID)
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Copyright: Jesus Linares (jlinaresp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1303 W: 56 N: 4023] (17292)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus SP565 UZ
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Robberflies of South America [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-06-10 13:36
Viewed: 3241
Points: 25
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Asilidae sp (ID)

Hello friends!

These days of heavy rains, the butterflies are still driving away ... but between rain and rain, you can go into the garden and see an occasional bug. This "ugly" robber fly, appears to be hunting on a twig!



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Brachycera
Infraorder: Asilomorpha
Superfamily: Asiloidea
Family: Asilidae

About this family: 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.

About this shot:
Model: SP565UZ
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 10/1600 sec
F-Stop: f/5.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 1338/100 mm
Date Taken: 2011-05-21 12:46
Metering Mode: Spot
Light Source: Cloudy weather
Flash: Flash did not fire
File Size: 245 kb

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Preciosa Jesús y trabajndo el color de una manera muy interesante,
no se si virando al rojizo o es luz de puesta de sol. Fuere lo q fuere
se nota tu toque especial y el resultado es soberbio, tanto por las
luces como por el enfoque.
Tienes un jardín que no tiene precio. Yo vivo en un piso, creo que ustedes le llaman apartamento
y solo macetas que cuida mi mujer... una 50 con cáctus y otras tantas de variadas. Mis hijos ya
casi han volado" y nos montamos nuestro mini Hawai-Bombai en una terracita de 7 m2 debajo de la
ropa tendida de emigrantes Rumanos, Cubanos y paquistaníes que tenemos en los pisos superiores:
"hay que joderse" que decimos aquí jajaja.
Un abrazo, buen fin de semana y dale a la foto !

J. Ignasi.

Hola querido amigo Jesús!
Muy preciosa tu foto con una nitideza increíble y bonitos detalles.Eso BG está simplesmente invejável! Sueño con algo así , cuando hago fotos...pero no lo logré todavia!...
Buen fin de semana para ti amigo!E garcias por tus amables palavras en mi ultima foto! Muy simpatico de tu parte!
Un abrazo!

PS: Lo siento pero no soy expert en insectos...

Hello Jesús

Great macro shot with fine POV and the diagonally
framing of this insect, excellent contrast,
great focus sharpness and details,
beautiful bokeh of the background, TFS


Formidable looking killer, Jesus.
The clarity in the picture is unbelievable. The colours are absolutely true to nature. The diagonal composition fills the canvas beautifully.
Thanks and regards.

Well ...friend Jesus ..let me start with a loudly greeting in regards to this beautiful capture and in the same time to use the opportunity to wipe the dust from my rusty guillotine ...it's an uncompromising time!!!;I Let me start with your White balance here...the image looks like a view trough summer glasses from the seventies (1970-77)so yellow and so romantic ...but perhaps unrealistic! Love the artificial background ...nothing wrong with that(I have always encouraged post processing). The diagonal composition looks classic and its working and the contours of the robber fly seems dramatically soft which is once again truly appealing in my opinion. So, I think that the white balance let you down here ...at least in my view! Have a great day Jesus and hugs to your loved ones !
George Veltchev

Ciao Jesus, magnifica macro con fantastici dettagli, splendida nitidezza e magnifici colori naturali, bravissimo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-11 6:38]

Hello Jesus,
Impressive sharp detailed photo! Very beautiful natural coloursand a perfect diagonal composition. Splendid blurred BG.

Hallo Jesus
What a beautiful macro with some delightful details that is seen with great clarity. I looked at the workshop George has done, and it is beautiful to see all the bright colours that jumps at ones eyes, and that is how we all would like to see nature, bursting with colour. But I also agree with you in your reply to him, about the colour change when moisture is high etc. etc. We also live in a part of the country where we experience the same weather conditions as per your note and I have seen green grass and other plants appear yellow, sometimes even brownish, when it actually is supposed to be luscious and full of bright colours. Personally I think it is quite risky do an accurate workshop on a photo of a place or subject where I am not familiar with nature and its surroundings, as I cannot assume it is as I think it should look like. Thanks for sharing a super macro. Best regards.

Hello Jesus
Impressive macro with excellent composition and very good sharpness.

Ciao Jesus,another fantastic macro and a great choice of point of view to see the best details and design of this little diptera.For me the colors are rights,George is living the blue age,from the web spider to the WS of your pic..eheheh...he like the warm saturation...but for me isn't correct.Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,Luciano.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-06-11 13:40]

Hi Jesus,
That is a fantastic macro work.Excellent composition,colours and sharpness details with excellent background.
Regards Jiri.

outstanding macro, congrats jesus !
lovely compo and light,
nice colors and perfect focus,

have a nice time,

ciao, tino

hello Jesus
A beauty of a Robberfly with great sharpness good details and beautiful Naturel colours
great shot Jesus thanks
i love Robberfly,s
greeting lou

ps the name of the Mantis is Dead leave Mantis

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