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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8700, 35-280 - f2.8-4.2, @ ISO 50, Close-up +2
Exposure: f/4.2, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flies - Moscas - Mouches, Robberfly, FLY-MOUCHE, Robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae) of Europe, Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-20 20:06
Viewed: 4689
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dasypogon diadema Fabricius, 1781
Family: Asilidae - robber flies

Adults are large (about 15 mm) and sexually dimorphic; males (like the one the picture) have black abdomen and blackish wings, and females have black abdomen with red markings and brownish wings and are usually larger.

The species occurs in Central and Southern Europe in open, dry, and sandy areas such as steppes, partly eroded hill slopes, sandy hollows, weedy grass plots, dunes, dry meadows, pastures, and olive groves.

Males continuously look for females. Females are more territorial, remaining longer at their foraging positions perched upwards on stems, or sometimes on the ground. They only fly if they see potential prey or if males disturb them. During periods of inactivity, they hang on stems of flowers and grasses or under leaves.

Larvae feed on larvae of scarab beetles (order Coleoptera, family Scarabeidae), and adults mostly on hymenopterans, including honey bees (Apis mellifera). With their long, thin legs, the strong spur at the apex of the foretibiae, and long proboscis, they are well adapted for subduing wasps and bees without being stung. After catching a prey in flight, they look for an appropriate perching site before sucking the prey's contents.

Mating is initiated after a short struggle, when the male grasps the female's ovipositor with his genital claspers. Final mating position is end-to-end. The female then flies with the male in copula looking for a suitable place to land. After mating, the female lays the eggs in clutches in the soil, protected inside sand cocoons. The four larval instars and the pupa live in the soil.


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Hi Michal,
Scarey looking alien creature! Black,detailed, and hairy! Intresting subect. Great supporting notes. Well done.

Hi Michal,
Very sharp and neat image. Great details. Nicely captured and very well composed. Nice blurry BG. Superb shot and great PP works.

Ben Lakitan

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-08-21 15:20]

Czesc Michale!

Prawie przegapilem twoje nowe foto. Czysta chityna :-) Perfekcyjne makro Lowika, podoba mi sie jego czern i blyszczace szczegoly na ciele. Kompozycja z suchym lisciem bardzo dobra. Widze, ze tez nabyles wzmacniacze optyczne :-) Warto bylo!


o matko!
wygląda jak alien :))
świetne zdjęcie, niesamowicie toto wygląda :P

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  • eleana Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 206 W: 80 N: 75] (2247)
  • [2006-09-05 16:22]

Wow Michal,
it looks like something from fantastic movie :)
Great details and pose! Br-r-r-r! :)
Best wishes,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-06 13:20]

Hi Michal

What an amazing macro!
Excellent details, perfect DOF, very good POV and colors and also great light. The shot is well framed and composed, too.

Bravo and TFS

What a sharp portrait of this interesting robber fly. With that black body very moody photo of that. Looks like from a sci-fi movie! Great sharpness, wonderful details with a nice bg!
Bravo for this great shot!

bonjour michal
cette mouche ets tres presente sur le site et surtout elle semble etre une redoutable tueuse.
vous l'avez tres bien presenté ici avec une bonne expo,de bons details aussi.

Hi Michal,
Stunning capture with unbelievable detail. Great exposure.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-10-22 17:13]

Wow today I learned something new!
Great shot, even better note, sharp and good focused on fly, I like the POV and details,TFS!

Witam Michale! Bardzo dobre macro, świetnie widoczne szczegóły!Jest przerażający a jednocześnie taki niesamowicie piekny!!! Pozdrawiam

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2007-03-28 18:40]

Spectaculra. great shot for a blach insect. regards

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