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Robber fly

Robber fly
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Copyright: Elroyie David (elroyie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 299 W: 87 N: 1482] (6439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400 IS L, Kenko extension tube
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-14 13:43
Viewed: 4137
Points: 29
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Distinguishing features

Order Diptera, Flies, are easily distinguished from other insects because they have only one pair of normal wings. The second pair, just behind the first, is represented by two knobbed organs, the halteres, used to stabilize the body during flight. Most flies have large compound eyes and mouthparts that are modified for piercing, lapping, or sucking fluids.

Robber flies are common, swiftly flying predators, 5-30 mm long. Many have stout, spiny legs, a dense "beard" of bristles on the face, and a depression in the forehead between the compound eyes. Many species are important predators in grassland habitats.

They live in the hot, dry grasslands and shrublands that remain and seem to prefer areas with many flowers, since this is where their favourite prey, small bees and wasps, abound.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-06-14 13:53]

Hello Elroyie
superb macro, with excellent clarity.Interesting PoV and i love the way you have managed to blurred the rest of the area...nice colour palette.
TFS & Cheers

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-06-14 14:06]

Hi Elroyie,

This is a very good shot. The focus, shaprness and the details are excellent. And I also like the colours in this picture. Excellent blurred bg and perfect dof.
TFS Paula

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-14 14:58]

selam ; wow excellent macro shot of this robberfly, very good details presented , very nice BG and POV, well captured with splendid colours TFS

Nice one David.

Hi Elroyie,

Excellent shot with a SUPERB POV and PERFECT DOF
Great sharpness and details

TFS Thijs

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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2007-06-14 15:40]

Hi Elroyie,
FANTASTIC macro with outstanding details.
Extra smooth BG. Superb POV.
Did you use one extension tube or more?

A wonderful fly, Elroyie,
I like the strong body and the impressive eyes.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Elroyie,
I like the brownish colouration, the superb sharpness and the composing.
Well done

Wow Elroyie,

This is such a nice image. Technically there a no nits here. A very good macro with such good detail. Very well done.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-15 4:39]

Hi Elroyie,
Very good close-up photo of this robber fly. Light is beautiful. I like the focus, sharpness and details a lot. Very well composed. TFS

Hello Elroyie,
Looks more like a witch on a broomstick flying in mid air :)

Serious now: Perfect composition and awsome sharpness and details.
The brownish color tones are most beautiful and the BG tones do match wonderfully with the colors of the fly and broom.
Superb work.
Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards, Harry

P/S: Sorry out of :) will be back tomorrow.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-15 5:44]

Hi Elroyie,
an amazing shot.
Very sharp, very detailed and a brilliant DOF.
Well done,

Dear Elroyie,
Very sharp and detailed picture of robber fly! I like also composition and warm colours of the BG.
Bravo and TFS!

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-06-15 16:54]

hi Elroyie,
superbe image de grande qualité, les teintes sont harmonieuses. Magnifique netteté.


Hello Elroyie,
I like how the stick the robberfly has landed on, turns soft into the background and gives the impressson its floating in air the details are on your subject are fantastic and the colors very natural. Very nicely captured. :)

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