Sungei Buloh-Robber Fly


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First time see an actual Robber fly. Appreciate comments



 

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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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tchuanye said:
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!

chianchiek said:
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
 

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