Asilinae (I'll hopefully be able to pinpoint the ID with the help of experts)
Size: 13 mm
This was shot during a trip to a huge wildfire area in June. The forest fire raged in the summer of 2014 and was declared a national emergency, eventually encompassing 17,000 hectares.
Though this fire was of course a traumatic event for many local residents it has undeniably created an interesting and valuable environment from a biological standpoint. Especially since a fairly large portion of the fire area has now been protected as a natural reserve, many species will benefit from the fire.
Stanislav and I have made a few trips to this area and this was shot during an early morning session in June this year. We found plenty of these fairly small robberflies scattered in the singed pine twigs. The dark background is a tree stump, turned into charcoal by the fire.
Stacked from 30 natural light exposures in Zerene Stacker.
Sony NEX-7, Canon MP-E65 @ f/5.6, 1/4s, ISO100