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Robber fly of some kind


With a fur stole like that, she could pick up trouble with animal activists.


Yes, it is a she. She was continously probing with her ovipositor among the strands of the cable. That held her still enough for a picture or two.



comments (20)

I'm never quite sure I want to see or know what these creatures look like so up close... but it makes a great shot.
Louis: Not very beautiful, but the intriguing side to me is to see what they really look like from close-by.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Nov 2015, 04:11
These muscular critters are likely to rip apart that puny cable, Louis.
Louis: Better that cable, than some part of my body, Ray. That can hurt.
great macro Louis... that is some fur coat....petersmile
Louis: Upper society, peter
Excellent image, Louis!!!
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth
Great macro shot Louis. Look at these details!
Louis: Intriguing to see something you will not see, otherwise, Richard.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Nov 2015, 06:22
a great macro image!
Louis: Dankje Philine
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Nov 2015, 06:29
It looks suitably evil Louis
Louis: They can make life miserable, Chris.
  • Lisl
  • Batheaston, Bath
  • 25 Nov 2015, 06:50
I appreciate all the detail, Louis. A Robber Fly is something I rarely see in England
Louis: Thank you Lisl. One gets various kinds of robber flies. Some are small and grey, others look like wasps, etc. The one I have posted is easy to recognise, but it is possible to see some of them without realising.
FABULOUS, Louis. You nailed her. smile
Louis: Thank you Ginnie. No nailing involved here smile
I don't wish to be politically incorrect Louis, but this one is damn ugly in my book.
Louis: It is now incorrect to say ugly is ugly? Oh what is the world coming to?
Fibs, lies, political correct speech.

All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.
That is one busy piece of wire.
Louis: Very much so, Mary.
Fabulous shot Louis. Thank goodness they are small
Louis: This one is about 1.5cm. Thank you cornishmaid.
What a terrific shot Louis, rather a strange looking character, not at al aerodynamic.
Louis: Thanks Brian. Much more aerodynamic than a beetle.
great contrast with the cable...
Louis: I thought so too, Larry.
Who does it rob?
Louis: The name "robber flies" reflects their notoriously aggressive predatory habits; they feed mainly or exclusively on other insects and as a rule they wait in ambush and catch their prey in flight. From Wikipedia.
All the detail makes this quite a smart looking fella
Louis: Interesting, all the opinions. I tend to go with yours, Martin.
Great shot of a nasty looking beastie!
Louis: Thank you Tom.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Nov 2015, 04:50
Holding on for dear life....
Fabulous macro. again a likey to me. LOVE this kind of photography, you are doing a great job!!!
Louis: Thank you Astrid. I am pleased. Maybe you should get into macro photography?
the bit about ovipositor was new to me - i have never seen any fly do that. great macro
Louis: Thank you Ayush. That was sort of mystery behaviour to me too.
  • elleplate
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Nov 2015, 12:10
Its always fascinating to see small things hugely magnified!
Louis: Thanks elleplate. Yes, in that way you really see the critter for what it is.

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