Assassin Fly eating Golden Eyes
May not be the sharpest, but I must admit it is a pretty cool shot. I have yet to capture a Robber Fly with it's meal.
I looked at your image very closely and actually think what appears to be two greenish golden colored eyes is actually the head and thorax of a type of wasp or bee. If you look at the one on the left it looks like it has two tiny antenna coming out from it and pointing towards the ground. The striped segment in the middle is where the head and thorax connect.
I may be totally wrong, but this is what it looks like to me. Either way I think it is a neat capture!! Great job!
Hello dear Brenda,
Hope you are fine! Well .... I wouldn't call your job today totally " Great " because of obvious reasons ( perhaps the camera let you down ;), but I would like to greet you for the courage to post that image, since you realized that the seen can grab our attention. ...and rightly so ! The Robber Fly is a vicious hunter, and does not hesitate to attack even bigger insects. The golden eye prey here may belong to the rare 007 species ;) Which makes the hunter even cooler ! ...try again Brenda, I know you can do it !
YES ... "I LOVE" this shot!! The prey appears to be a small hymenoptera (wasp) and an interesting species that I haven't seen. The Asilidae are quite easy to photograph when they are "feeding their face". Next time you see one feeding, take your time! The POV is great and focus is not that far off. You demonstrate (with the frontal POV) the characteristic cleft separating the large hemispherical eyes. They will sit all day for you (until they are done sucking the life out of their prey). Keep after those robber flies.
- maaciejka (27117)
- [2012-08-08 7:37]
very nice photo of this assassin :)
Great point of view. Very good portrait,
thanks for sharing,
- Marco2010 (7392)
- [2012-08-08 12:39]
Interessante macro, questo vuol dire trovarsi giusti, al momento giusto, e soprattutto con la macchina pronta,ottimi i colori peccato per la nitidezza,comunque e sempre un’ottima foto brava.
- farango (434)
- [2012-08-16 17:46]
Excelente escena, lastima esta un poco desenfocada.
Thank you very much for your critique on my picture of a butterfly we call Plain Tiger in our part of the world, Brenda.
From your recent pictures posted here on TN, I liked this one of a Robberfly eating another insect. It is an impressive action shot from an apt point of view. The formidable killer is in full possession of its poor victim here.
I too shot a similar scenario yesterday in which a yellow Crab Spider hidden on a yellow flower has grabbed a tiny Moth and is in the process of consuming it. What is more interesting is the third protagonist present within the frame, namely, a Blister Beetle, who, totally indifferent to the events happening under its nose, is busy eating away the yellow flower on which this drama of struggle for existence is going on. Maybe I'll post that picture today or tomorrow.
I must admit I was somewhat dismayed to notice that you had almost cropped off the paw of the killer in your picture. My guess is that you took this snapshot in a hurry and ended up with the frame you have posted. Nevertheless, the appeal of your picture is not at all diminished by its somewhat unconventional presentation.
BTW, Ron's observation of the victim insect seems quite accurate to me.