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Thursday, June 10, 2010

My robber flies collection

Some of my favorites robber fly shots. It's always a plus when they have a prey with them.

All shot with a Canon 40D, Canon MPE65 1X-5X macro lens, Canon MT24EX Macro Twin Flash and DIY Concave Diffuser. Full flash, 1/200, F11, ISO100, Handheld.

First time finding one with silver and blue color scheme!
silver and blue robber fly IMG_0291 copy

Giant robber fly with blue wings, newly molted female Microstylum sp., about 1.5 inch long. Biggest I have ever seen.
Giant robber fly with blue wings IMG_2748 copy

Love the blue wings on this 1.5 inch long robber fly! Newly molted female Microstylum sp.,
Giang robber fly with blue wings...IMG_2705 copy


Robber fly with winged ant prey
Robber fly with winged ant prey

A golden robber fly with winged ant prey
golden robber fly with winged ant prey IMG_9962 copy

Orange robber fly with long legged fly prey
orange robber fly with long legged fly prey IMG_6296 copy

Face to face with a robber fly
face to face with a robber fly DSC_8506 copy

robber fly with blue beetle prey
robber fly with blue beetle prey DSC_7603 copy

a more common robber fly with leafhopper prey
common robber fly with leafhopper prey IMG_9471 copy

A robber fly with robber fly prey.
IMG_3409b copy

A robber fly with Aedes (Asian Tiger Mosquito) prey. Manually stacked from two images. You can find the manual stacking (in CS3) tutorial here.
Robber fly with Aedes mosquito............IMG_4399 focus stacked eye sharp copy

Robber fly with wasp prey
robber fly with wasp prey IMG_8528 copy

Robber fly with winged termite prey
robber fly with winged termite prey IMG_7849 copy

Robber fly with tiny beetle prey, natural light.
robber fly with tiny beetle prey IMG_9321 copy

Robber fly with mite on it. Dope Award winner.
robber fly with mite on it IMG_2407

The same golden robber fly with mite, side view.
golden robber fly with mite IMG_2449 copy (2)

Big orange robber fly with moth prey
orange robber fly with moth prey IMG_9405 copy

Golden robber fly with beetle prey
The golden robber fly with beetle prey IMG_0901 copy

A robber fly with froghopper prey. You can see bubbles in the thorax of the prey. From Wikipedia: The short, strong proboscis is used to stab and inject victims with saliva containing neurotoxic and proteolytic enzymes which paralyze and digest the insides; the fly then sucks the liquefied meal through the proboscis
robber fly with froghopper prey IMG_9532 copy

Robber fly with crane fly prey
robber fly with crane fly prey IMG_8731 copy

Robber fly with crane fly prey
Robber fly with crane fly prey IMG_8707 copy

Robber fly with wasp prey
robber fly with wasp prey IMG_3166 copy

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