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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/6.8
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects around the world, Insects' World, Robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae) of Europe, Alex99 favorite photos, Insects (Insecta), Haraprasan's Favs, Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-11 9:57
Viewed: 6840
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The robber flies - one of my favourite fly family is come back today! :)

This is a member of genus Machimus (Diptera: Asilidae) (the species ID is in progress as there are 8 species from this genus known from Bulgaria :>). Its habitat is presented here

Many words have been written on TN about robber flies as predators so there is so reason to repeat general information about this family (for details please see eg. a theme robber flies of Europe).
But here I would like to present you a short ecological classification of Asilidae based on place where the fly is hunting:

Geophils - Hunt from surface of the ground
Herpetobions - Hunt from the surface of the ground but in the grass thicket
Chortobions - Hunt inside the grass thicket
Epiphytobions - Hunt above the grass surface
Epiphytogeobions - Hunt both the surface of the ground and from the grass
Tannobions - Hunt from the trees

And last but not least I would like to dedicate this picture to Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) with many thanks for showing by him a very unique picture of Asilidae flies (see here for details).

Patleboss, nglen, javig, Juyona, Ena, jcoowanitwong, Luis52, dejo, eqshannon, meyerd, Argus, Alex99, mariki, uleko, Silvio2006, PaulH, marhowie, dkaved, hester, cataclysta, Jamesp, JORAPAVI, haraprasan has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Ena: Thank you!cicindela 1 01-14 16:05
To Alex99: Thank you my Friend!cicindela 1 01-12 08:58
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Hello Radomir,
excellent macro shot, I like especialy the metalic effect
Focus and deeph of field are just great, wonderfull colors and very nice cloes-up composition,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-11 10:50]

Hi Radomir. This is such a fine close up of this fly. your sharp focusing and use of the light has given fine detail. with natural colours. avery nice pose on the log. well done TFS, good notes too.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-01-11 11:57]

Hello Radomir,
this is a fantastic robberfly picture. Besides the details of the insect,
I like the well shown structures of the bark and its natural colours.
Great depth of field reveals pretty good sharpness from the legs to the body of the fly.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • javig Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 0 N: 20] (134)
  • [2008-01-11 12:24]

Excellent DOF and composition. I like the pose.

Well done,


Ohh, que maravilla !! Radomir has llevado esta toma a un alto nivel de calidad, tanto técnica como artística. Es una delicia el poder observar a este insecto con tanto detalle. A destacar también los difíciles tonos grises, que pueden distinguirse claramente entre los colores negros. La base, muy acertada, aumenta el contraste y favorece la visión de este díptero. Los pelos impresionantes y formas angulosas y tonos metálicos preciosos. Enhorabuena por tan excelente captura.
Saludos: J. Ignasi Tejedor.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-11 14:28]

Woooooow Radomir,this is impressive,never seen a robber so perfect in sharpness and details,the quality of your pic is wonderfull,very very good work,have a nice week-end,Luciano

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-01-11 15:26]
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Hi Radomir,
Very good macro!
Good details and composition!

Hi Radomir,
The look of Robber Flies always amazed me. This one is no exception. It looks muscular and mean. Lovely close up with details are clearly seen. Very well done.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-11 17:14]

Hola Radomir. Excellent macro. great details and very good focus.
Very very sharp too.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-11 17:22]

Hello Radomir,
great shot, I like the colors and the light captured
nice POV, composition and pose
regards, Dejan

Great to have you back as one of the best in his field...Thaks much sir!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-12 0:31]

Hi Radomir,
Just marking this wonderful shot from you for now and will come back.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-12 1:53]

Hola Radomir,
efectiva macro,
detalles y excelente foco,
buen trabajo y pov.

Hi Radomir

Excellent sharp capture and good use of fill flash.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-12 2:33]

Hi Radomir,
This photo is incredibly sharp!
The clarity is amazing!
Excellent composition and POV.
Superb detail.
Nice colours and lighting.
Great DOF and focusing.
Well done,

Hi Radomir,
you don't produce a lot on TN but each time you do it's an EVENT! Superb choice of light angle, background, excellent DOF. Did you really do this perfect shot with a Coolpix 5400? The optical quality is astounding. Thanks once more for the highly professional note going with the picture and the interesting links.
My best regards to you Radomir,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-12 6:17]

Hello Radomir,
Wonderful sharp macro of a Robberfly sitting on a nice contrasting patch of lichen and shown from a fine POV against a great OOF natural BG.
Well done my friend and thanks for sharing this nice memory of summer.

Hi Radomir.
One of the best robber fly shots I have ever seen. It is brilliant in every respect. DOF and fantastic BG, razor sharpness and reproduction of all tinniest details, lights and colours. Scenery at whole and at last. Bravo and my congratulations ion this outstanding picture.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-12 9:09]

Hello Radomir,
Wow, I didn't know that a Robber Fly could be this beautiful!! But, of course, it is due to your magic hands on the camera! Fantastic shot, very sharp and I like the "halo" effect caused by the light on the hairs. Excellent low POV and beautiful colours too. Great work! Is it posed on a burnt log or is it a lichen??
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Radomir,

Very nice picture of this robber fly. Good composition. Good light and sharpness. Great detail. Nice natural colours.

Hi Peter, great dedication to our friend Haraprasan, beautiful macro with splendid details and excellent sharpness, interesting note, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hi Radomir,
Superbe macro, d'une très grande netteté avec des détails très impressionnants.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-13 10:13]

Hi Radomir!
fascinating shot of this Robber Fly, i really like it my friend. You have caught exceptional detail which is great to study at length, and the back lighting gives it something extra special. Very fine work, well done!

Very nice macro capture Radomir.
Excellent use of flash to fill the shadowed side.
Nice sharp detail..Great DOF, POV, BG, comp, and an interesting looking substrate as well :)

Hi Radomir,
Beautiful macro,congratulation.
Best regards,

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-01-14 23:03]

Belle attitude de cette insecte bien éclairé.
Bonne journée.

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2008-01-15 12:01]

Hi Radomir,
A real top class image my friend.The detail down to those scary looking spiky hairs on its legs is quite mind boggling.The colours and exposure are so natural and I like how the sun catches its front and reflects in his eyes.This is great work.
Regards, David

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-01-16 11:20]

Hi Radomir

Excellent POV on this Robber Fly. Pin sharp details, good DOF and nicely composed



Czesc Radziu
Takie potwory zawsze chetnie ogladam. Dobra glebia ostrosci, ciekawa perspektywa, i ciekawa notka
Nic dodac nic ujac.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-20 21:41]

Hi Radomir

Just got back from New Zealand and Japan, so not been around for a month.

Stunning detail - must have taken a great deal of patience to achieve this shot. A masterful posting :)


Hola Radomir,
Fantástica toma de esta mosca que muestras con gran nitidez mostrando todos los detalles, magnífica iluminación, y acertada composición. Un cordial saludo
José Ramón

Hi Radomir,
This robber fly looks excellent with sun light from behind and fill flash. Details and close up are superb; I like Bg also, gives more depth.
Great job

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-03-19 13:47]

Bonjour Radomir
Excellente macro, super détails, netteté et couleurs. Toutes mes félicitations!
Amicalement Robi

Hi Radek,
Very much sorry for not viewing this beautiful dedication towards me. Probably missed in a hurry because the posts in between which this is present has seen by me. But how I missed this special one I am unable to recall. Superb capture my friend. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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