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    First time see an actual Robber fly. Appreciate comments




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    Look nice.

    But dun like this fly compare to the rest you had took it.

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    Good one! Lots of detail.

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    thanks for the comments.

    Actually, I quite like this robber fly as I seldom see it. Its a very interesting insect. Here are some info:

    "Robber flies are not to be trifled with. Capable of immobilizing bees, wasps and other insects larger than itself, robberflies catch their prey in mid air. As with other aerial predators, robberflies have excellent vision, characterized by two conspicuous compound eyes. The mouthparts of this family have been modified to a stabbing proboscis. Flies were revered by the ancient Egyptians who awarded a military honor in the form of a golden fly pendant."
    http://www.bugbios.com/entophiles/diptera/dipt_004.html

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    Interesting shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tchuanye
    thanks for the comments.

    Actually, I quite like this robber fly as I seldom see it. Its a very interesting insect. Here are some info:

    "Robber flies are not to be trifled with. Capable of immobilizing bees, wasps and other insects larger than itself, robberflies catch their prey in mid air. As with other aerial predators, robberflies have excellent vision, characterized by two conspicuous compound eyes. The mouthparts of this family have been modified to a stabbing proboscis. Flies were revered by the ancient Egyptians who awarded a military honor in the form of a golden fly pendant."
    http://www.bugbios.com/entophiles/diptera/dipt_004.html

    Interesting.. I wonder how it'd fair against dragonflies.. hehe..

    BTW, those are very nice shots.. But I prefer the 2nd shot to the first though....

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    Hi tchuanye, can I know how close was your camera with the subject when you took these photos? Was there any macro/close up lens added?

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    Thanks for the comments guys!

    Quote Originally Posted by chianchiek
    Hi tchuanye, can I know how close was your camera with the subject when you took these photos? Was there any macro/close up lens added?

    Yes, I am using the Nikon 6T and the Sigma close up lens. Its about 19cm from the subject. Details of the filters can be found here
    http://www.angelfire.com/ca/erker/closeups.html
    Last edited by tchuanye; 27th February 2005 at 10:21 PM.

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    Looking at flies like that I thank God that they do not come any bigger than what they really are...

    But very good shots! Impressive...

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    Nice and detailed. If you could snap it from its side, then it'll be great.

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