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Lunch Time
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Copyright: Francisco Mello (Mello) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 105 F2.8 Macro.
Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Robberflies of South America [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-26 11:53
Viewed: 3683
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi my TN friends,
Today, to celebrate the weekend, I'll post a Robber Fly at lunch time.
Thaks for your kind comments on my last post.
I hope you like it and wish you a very good weekend.

Asilidae (Robber Fly)
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.
*From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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hello Francisco
great macro shot with great details and very good sharpness
beautiful colours and a nice pose with good light
greeting lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-26 12:00]

Hi Francisco . This is a first class close up of the Robber fly and its meal. You have taken this with such sharp focusing and fine detail . All with such rich colours. It stands out so well from the BG colour. TFS.

You have a good weekend my friend.

Hello Francisco,
Excellent capture MF! Very good diagonal composition, with a great green-orange background. The sharpness is perfect. It's funny to see the predator and the prey in a similar pose. Well done! Have a nice weekend,

hello Francisco
fantastic macro shot of Robber fly and (probably Musca) fly against splendid colored BG. sharp details and POV/DOF superb. colors and light using wonderful.
have a nice weekend my friend

Hola Francisco,
che spettacolare cattura, impressionanti i dettagli e bellissimi colori naturali con uno sfondo stupendo, ottima immagine macro.
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

Hello Francisco,
Great capture with superb details and vivid colours. Exceptional focus and sharpness.
The composition and POV is excellent. Lovely green blured BG.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-27 0:09]

Hi Francisco,
MAgnificent close up.Excellent POV,timing and sharpness.
Details,BG and composition are also perfect.
Thanks for posting..

Ciao Francisco, amazing captuire of wonderful robber fly in great action, splendid macro with fantastic details, beautiful natiral colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Francisco
Perfect macro with perfect ambiance.. colours,details,sharpness, BG,
all is wonderful..
Thanks for sharing

Best regards Özgür..

Excellent capture, nice and sharp, good angle on the subject, good light, nicely oof background and a cracking double capture.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-02-27 2:07]

Hello Mello.

A very impressive capture, this robberfly with its prey.
All details are very well to see, very sharp and nice colors.
I like it very much.

Gr. Hans

Hi Francisco,

What wonderful piece of macro photography you have here, too good, I liked the details, lighting, colours. Well done. TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-27 3:54]

Hello Francisco,
A very special moment in this fantastic macro, predator and prey. Brilliant sharpness and details. Very beautiful natural colours with a beautiful contrasting OOF BG. Perfect composition.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-02-27 4:15]

Bonjour Franciso,
Technically an excellent image, with a perfect composition and an interesting subject. All what a good picture requires! Amazing to see how the Robberfly holds its victim, looks like it would hug a little baby..
Thanks and I wish you and your family a nice weekend
Kind regards

Ciao Francisco. Intrigant bit UE in thiS dramatic focused capture. Impressive detaisl and fantastic natural colours.


Ciao Francisco,
Fantastic and dramatic picture, the POV is amazing and enables the good details of the scene. Good cross to compose. TFS

Hi my friend,
this moment is so interesting and wonderful - not so for the poor small fly ;-(
To see the difference between the size, wow, that's amazing. Excellent shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Dear Francisco!

Once again, I'm impressed by the very high quality of your picture. This one is an eye-candy, too. I mean, if the robber fly is having its dessert, why should I not have my candy, eh? Thank you for having served it! The sharpness, the superb colour management and the deep clarity make this picture an outstanding one. Moreover, the dramatic content adds to the value of the picture.

Kind regards


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