Fear not the flat-footed Robber (Four Photographs)

Robber Flies BWTo view more of my photography please click on www.rakmilphotography.com

These flies are members of the robber fly family, Asildae. I was able to shoot them for the first time this summer. Unlike many other types of flies I have photographed, they remained completely still even when I moved my vantage point and took more photographs. Robber flies are also known as assassin flies, they are ferocious fighters, and eat insects and spiders. I have read that if they attack a person it can be a painful experience. The burly hunchback and flat feet do take away some of their steely manner (regardless of dramatic lighting). Given that they are not the most colorful of insects they looked better in black and white, but for the entomologically inclined I included the color shots.

Robber Flies BW-2

Robber Flies

Robber Flies-2

20 responses

  1. Wow, amazing pictures.

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    October 30, 2015 at 1:11 am

  2. SOHEIR

    Very beautiful

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    October 30, 2015 at 2:06 am

  3. Superb photographs!

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    October 30, 2015 at 4:07 am

  4. amazing

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    October 30, 2015 at 5:38 am

  5. Great photos!

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    October 30, 2015 at 11:10 am

  6. Nice series, Victor. I guess I prefer the colour versions; there’s more contrast in them. 🙂

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    October 30, 2015 at 12:58 pm

  7. This really up close and personal – really good!

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    October 30, 2015 at 1:22 pm

  8. Great macros – perfect costume idea for Halloween! 😉

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    October 30, 2015 at 7:39 pm

  9. That first one…wow! The mood is so creepy. Love it Victor.

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    October 31, 2015 at 12:03 pm

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