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Dysmachus trigonus (Female)

Dysmachus trigonus (Female)
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Copyright: Jose Ramon Pato (JORAPAVI) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 677 W: 0 N: 629] (4643)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM, Kenko ext. tubes 12+20+36mm
Exposure: f/16, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae) of Europe, jmp *3, The Closer The Better, Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-09 2:28
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Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
HULL (1962): "The ROBBER FLIES, or ASILIDAE, comprise one of the largest and most abundant families of present day insects. Distributed through all parts of the world, over 400 genera [now 530] and subgenera have been proposed and about 4,761 species are known [now 7,003]. In addition, 18 genera and 39 species have been described from Eocene, Oligocene, and Miocene; 15 of these genera are also Recent [cf. Fossil]. Because of their predatory habit of feeding on other insects and their voravious appetites, they contribute to the maintenance of the natural balance among insect populations. To some extent, parasitic wasps and flies are taken by them, but much of their prey consists of plant-feeding insects. Certain species are known to seriously deplete the populations of apiaries. The adults are, with few exceptions, active flies, of considerable size and readily attract attention.
Hermann Loew in 1847 began a world study of the Asilidae; his publications on this project continued until 1874. During the last half of the nineteenth century, many dipterists contributed to our knowledge of this family. Today, much excellent work is being done regionally on the Asilidae

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-09 2:37]

Hello Jose Ramon,
good work here, very good macro, and an excellent composition. The colours and focus are well done.
Best regards

Hi Jose,
What an amazing detailed macro capture a predator robber fly in feeding action on a Libellulid (I think). Perfect composition and great document in all around. Well done my friend! TFS.
Have a nice day!


Hello Jose

The hunter becomes the hunted! Superb macro work, the detail is excellent - good use of f/16 to keep a good DOF.
Kind Regards

Spettacolare macro, eccellenti POV, DOF e composizione in relazione al rapporto d'ingrandimento, ottima definizione dei dettagli, belli i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hola Jose

Fantastic macro of this fly eating a damselfly, brilliant work.
Excellent sharpness
Excellent composition
Great DOF and POV
Great background


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-09 4:20]

Helo Jose, Very nice closeup shot of this bee and sharp picture. Well done Ganesh

Hi Jose,
A nice close up shot of this predator vs. prey. Very nicely composed with sharp details and very good POV and light works. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-07-09 4:30]

Bonjour Jose Ramon,
Double regard, celui de l'assassin et celui de la proie..le tout mis en scène avec une lumière dramatique accentuant encore l'impact de l'image. Elles sont terribles ces mouches!
Excellente image, je n'ai pas à le préciser!
Meilleures salutations

With the combination of extention tubes, you have produced a staggering macro of a Roober Fly gripping a Damselfly, Ramon.
My, what a fantastic image of the eyes of both the insects!
I just can't stop myself admiring this picture.
Well done and thanks for sharing it.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-07-09 8:43]

Hi Jose,
Excellent action macro.Well caught,framed and composed.Details and moment you caught are great.
Thanks for posting.

This is what i call super macro! Excellent details and colors. These kinds of shot opens up a new perspective of the insect world.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-07-09 11:21]

Hello Jose, great macro action shot of a Robber fly. TFS. Regards,

Hi Jose,

terrific shot- look like two monsters from other planet, it's good they are so small and don't hunt humans;)


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-09 12:01]

Hola José Ramon,
A fantastic sharp close macro of a Robberfly devouring a captive Lestes species of damselfly.
The technical qualities showing the heads of both predator and prey are excellent and the use of flash is precisely to the right degree.
Buen trabajo amigo y gracias por compartirlo.

Hello Jose... cannot think of words to say.... it is on my favourite list....regards h

Hola Jose Ramon,
Excellent macro with the great closeness on the subject!
perfect exposure and focus in great details and colour
very well done indeed
muchas gracias

Hola Jose Ramon !
Una macro muy impresionante, con tantos detalles - podemos ver todos los pequeños pelos. Me gustan tambien la composicion, el punto de vista, y el momento que has capturado - pobre libelula.
Agradecidos y saludos,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-07-10 4:03]

Hi Jose,no comment,this wonderfull macro talk alone,just my best best compliments,Luciano

Very nice extreme closeup Jose,
Love all the hairy gruesome details :)
Back with more,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-10 12:33]

Very impressive macro, Jose Ramon!
The close crop and POV are very effective.
Excellent detail.
Superb DOF.
Very sharp.

Incredible macro work!


Muy buena!
Impresionante escena y una nitidez magnifica.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-07-14 3:27]

Hola Jose Ramon,
Very nice macro with good pose and details. Gracias
Un saludo,

Me quedo anonadado !! Yo aún no llego a estos niveles. Estoy pensando comprar tb tubos de extensión. No se si es mejor eso o un duplicador. Mi objetivo es sigma tb pero el 105 mm. Como ves técnicamente voy muy mal.

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-08-13 10:17]

Hello Jose Ramon,

Impressive close-up of this Robber Fly with its prey. Excellent POV,DOF and sharpness. Good light and colours.

Hi Jose,
Excellent extreme macro!!!
Interesting seize. Very good framing, sharpness and colours.
TSF Malgosia

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-11-07 15:40]

Pues no se puede pedir un mayor acercamiento y un mayor dinamismo en esta excelente foto de acción entre depredadores.
Felicitaciones otra vez!
José Miguel

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