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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/70 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-01 7:44
Viewed: 4239
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

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

Robber flies belong to the family Asilidae. This family includes some of the largest and most distinctive insects in the order Diptera. Like all true flies, robber flies have only 2 wings. Robber flies also have a distinctive hollow space between their 2 large compound eyes. This characteristic distinguishes robber flies from most other kinds of flies.Most robber flies also have a "bearded" appearance, with fine hairs covering their long, piercing mouthparts. The most commonly seen robber flies are dark in color, with gray and black bodies, but some common types are orange. Other species mimic bumble bees, with black and yellow stripes.

Like all true flies, robber flies and their relatives have complete metamorphosis with egg, larval, pupal, and adult stages. The larvae are long and legless and live underground, where they also pupate. Winged adults are active during warm months.

Larval and adult robber flies are predators of other insects. The adults are famous for their ability to capture prey in the air. In fact, robber flies will often catch insects that are larger than themselves, such as bumble bees.

Although robber flies are predators,they are sometimes prey for other animals, including spiders, birds, and larger predatory insects like assassin bugs, praying mantids, and even other robber flies (such as In this post)
Larval robber flies live in soil and decaying wood where they hunt for insect larvae, worms, and similar creatures. They are sometimes eaten by moles and underground arthropods predators, such as centipedes and ground beetle larvae.

Robber flies are not normally considered pests. They will occasionally bite humans, but they are not blood feeders, and will only bite on accident or if provoked. Because they feed on other insects, robber flies are generally considered beneficial. However, they do not specialize on pest insects, and sometimes eat other beneficial insects, such as bees or other predators.

I think these are the species of BEARDED ROBBER FLIES but I am not sure.

Hope you like it. Thanks for viewing.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-01 7:46]

Hola amigo,
espectacular macro,
nitidez y sensacional compo...
bello pov,
saludos Haraprasan,

Congrats...as this is very good work especially content wise but also technically. Last but not least it is beautiful through the natural light and the composition.
Well done!

Hello Haraprasan,

Very sharp picture of these three robber flies. Nice composition and nice natural colours.


Hello Haraprasan,

I see what you mean about love and war!
You have captured a very decisive moment!
Lovely sharp images and incredible detail! Your composition and colours are to be applauded!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Perhaps among the elite group, this image is on the top 10 list for me of all time best presentations. It is truly a remarkable work and PP done by you was super. Kudos for this one...above all..

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-12-01 8:26]

Hello Haraprasan,

My compliments for this lovely detailed picture, also your note is very interesting.
Composition and colours are superb, nice presentation.

Best regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-01 8:35]

Hi Haraprasan. This is a fantastic macro shot .Your sharp focusing has given fine detail and good natural colours. with a great POV. as for content first class. very well done my friend.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-12-01 8:54]
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Hello Haraprasan,
well discovered and presented situation - showing impressively the nature of nature. Birth - life - death: combined very close together. You froze this unique moment by an excellent picture. Light, colours, focus, sharpness ... everything is perfect here. This will be one of my favourite pictures.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Haraprasan, a very hard red light composition, in Italy we call it "ammucchiata" I don't know in English, splendid capture with great details and excellent sharpness, wonderful colors, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

amazing colours and excellent sharpness, very good shot

hello haraprasan,
well seen and well captured, you and sumon are doing great work, this is a lovely capture with a lovely title, liked the techanical qualities very much,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-12-01 9:09]

beautiful picture with xcellent details.and very well captured.nice sharpness with great clarity.

Hello Prasan,
Real good size posting to enjoy the closeness of very single details of the photo!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and so much details indeed
very well done
best wishes

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-12-01 10:46]

selam harapsan; Excellent shot of this robberflies.Nice composition.Good POV and sharp image whit nice details.splendid Colors. well done.
TFS ridvan

Hi Haraprasan,
You capture great moment of love and war together. Excellent macro with amazing details, sharpness. Great composition, POV and frame. good notes. Greetings.
best wishes

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-12-01 11:53]
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hello Haraprasan,
Extraordinary picture. Life, death, love, war, the whole life-cycle is contained in this picture. And the composition is great, the fine colours outstanding. Bravo
Thanks a lot

Ciao Haraprasan,
una foto eccellente e unica sotto tutti i punti di vista.
Tecnicamente perfetta; soggetti interessanti; osservazione biologica importante!

hello Haraprasan
this is the life!!!
wonderful capture with a nice details
of a great composition..well done

best regards sERGIO

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-01 20:44]

Hello Haraprasan

The lighting and colours in this shot are terrific,the tones and hues are vivid and well saturated.
The focus is sharp and the details are well defined.The action captured is excellent.
Very good low POV and well handled DOF.
Nicely composed and presented.


Hi Haraprasan,
wow - what's going on here? Love and war, what a spectacular moment and with excellent quality and colours, marvelous work, thanks, I like it very much
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-02 2:32]

Hello Haraprasan,
I missed this superb capture of an insect drama: the copulating female looking like she is making a meal of another male at the same time as she is being fertilised!
A unique shot captured with fine sharpness, from an excellent POV and well composed among the grass stems.
Well done Haraprasan!
Thanks for sharing this one,

Cool Harprasan..a robber threesome!
I've never seen this before, most likely never will again :)
Great catch,

Hi Haraprasan!
I was not present on TN for almost 1 month and today I see that a lot of great pictures were presented - and this one is a perfect example!
Fantastic presentation! Love in Asilidae flies and... dead of asilid fly (the prey belongs to the some family as hunter!). I have never seen similar photo, so bravo for showing a really unique capture!
My best greetings from Lodz,

A fantastic macro shot .

bonjour haraprasan
la scene n'est pas banale!!!
mÍme en plein accouplement cette espece de mouche vorace pense a se nourrir.
une photo rare est tres bonne.

What a great capture Haraprassan.
You were so lucky to find this scene,and so clever to record it so well.
The composition is great and the exposure,colour and details are very good.
An excellent macro.

What a busy scene!
So much happening...well done shot...good light, good details, great! :)

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-12-02 16:06]
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Hi Haraprasan

What a downer. I mean from the point of view of the robber fly being pinned to the grass blade. No victory trophy for him today as it seems like he was robbed from an opportunity to perform his most vital and rudimentary purpose as a male representative of the species. Is this behaviour part of the reason why they are called robber flies (chuckle)?

An excellent colourful shot showing these insects performing a very natural act. Survival is the game and the strongest specimen is the one whose genes are being carried forwards. The composition is lovely, the colours are stunning, the sharpness is spot-on showing all the wonderful details, and you made brilliant use of the available light.

First class work and TFS.
Best regards

Hello Haraprasan!
Superb shot in all aspects! TFS.

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