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Robbefly ( Laphria flava)

Robbefly ( Laphria flava)
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Copyright: Gert Ellstrom (ellis49) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-06-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D7100, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS, Digital RAW 400
Exposure: f/11, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-06-17 10:24
Viewed: 3144
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello again :-)
This is a Robberfly, quite large and very hairy.
I think its beautiful. I hope you like it to.
I think we should be able to post larger pictures on TN but we are not allowed to.

Click Here for a larger version.

Info From Wikipedia.
Laphria, the bee-like robber flies, is a genus described by Johann Wilhelm Meigen in 1803, belonging to the family Asilidae, subfamily Laphriinae.

This genus has an Holarctic ecozone distribution, occurring from the British Isles, across Europe and Asia, to Japan, as well as across the whole North America.

The adults average sizes reach 1525 millimetres (0.590.98 in). These huge robber flies are quite hairy, their body is usually black, while the bee-mimicking abdomen shows black and yellow stripes. They can be encountered from July through September.

They generally prey on insects of various species, including other robber flies, bees, wasps and beetles. Their characteristic mouth allow the species of Laphria to penetrate their sclerotized proboscis in between the elytra of preyed beetles. All the preys are dissolved by special enzymes injected in their bodies, which are then sucked out by the predator.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-06-17 10:28]
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Hello Gert,
Nice to see your new posting. Excellent quality in this macro. Superb sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours.

hallo Gert
Beautiful details and great sharpness
i like this macro picture
thanks gr lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-06-17 12:22]

Hi Gert.A great example of photographic class! What a macro of this robberfly,so small but not a problem for you and your camera as i can see.Absolutely perfect,and i can see better copying and paste your link,fantastic! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-06-17 12:33]

Hello Gert,
Excellent job.Very vivid colors and details.Your POV is superb.Well done.
Regards Sigi

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  • Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
  • [2015-06-17 15:09]


It is very nice to "see" you here once again. This is a very skillfully taken photograph, with excellent control of DOF, exposure and sharpness. I agree with your sentiments and have said the same thing more than once because the tiny image size is so frustrating - but the site owners are clearly not listening. Your link works just fine if you copy and paste into the browser bar and it is a fine illustration of why the archaic image size limit should be scrapped. I remember when 800x600 was full screen resolution - but I/we have moved on to better technology. TN is rapidly becoming a dinosaur, to be left behind as a paleontological footnote by the more nimble and adaptable birds of the 21st century.

Best wishes, Nigel.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-06-17 19:55]

Hello Gert,
Outstanding photo of this very furry looking Robber Fly. I have seen many here in Ohio, but never one as hairy as this particular specimen. Razor sharp focus resulting in excellent detail while colors are true and natural. Your F/11 aperture gave you plenty of DOF and the exposure is perfect. Awesome macro shot!!

  • Great 
  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2015-06-17 21:54]

Hi Gert

Great macro of this Robberfly, excellent sharpness and details, beautiful natural colors.



Hello Gert,

Osadharon chobi jodi amra kotha bili etar drissomanota nie. Prottek ongo protonggo gulo jano poriskar dekha jachhe. Darun alor babohar.
Oses dhonnobad chobitar jonno,
Dinta subho hok,

hello Gert
great to see you again on TN and with an excellent capture, fantastic sharpness on each part of this robberfly, light and natural colors are well too
have a good evening

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