Compound Eyes of a Robber Fly - (Holcocephala fusca)

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    I'm going through all the photos I took this last summer trying to find any overlooked shots. The weather has turned quite cold here, and sadly, the bugs are largely gone. So I'll probably have to resort to pulling older photos out of my archives instead of posting new stuff for a while. Hopefully I will get a chance to return to astrophotography during these cold winter months until the bugs return.

    Despite this species of robber fly's small size (~5mm), it has some absolutely amazing compound eyes. (If you want to learn more about compound eyes, here is the Wikipedia page on ommatidium, featuring a photo I took of a horsefly's eyes).


    On a different subject, I recently started a seperate flickr account to store some of my artwork, which includes some graphite, charcoal, and pastel sketches so far.

    If your interested, some of my more recent artwork can be found here:

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    1. Lukjonis 60 months ago | reply

      Amazing portrait!!!!!!!!

    2. rcvernors 60 months ago | reply

      Awesome work.

    3. Sicilian0 [CoZZaAmArA] 59 months ago | reply

      i really cant add any more than ppl have already said!!!

      thanks for the wonderful perspective!

    4. San Diego Shooter 59 months ago | reply

      one of the best eye macros i have seen

    5. Wild Face JRA ! ! ! 59 months ago | reply

      tiene una textura muy buena

    6. tomatito rodriguez 59 months ago | reply

      Hello Opo, I would appreciate if you could add your photo in to my group HQ Macro Thank you

    7. DrakeFoto [deleted] 59 months ago | reply


    8. gonzalo pepe 59 months ago | reply

      psychadelic eyes! awesome work

    9. Hrumkorf 59 months ago | reply

      Hi, your pictures of bug eyes are incredible !

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    12. harrypwt 58 months ago | reply

      so cleeeeaar ! amazing.

    13. pongky © 53 months ago | reply

      amazing! you inspire me to try to reverse my lens.... I have a "real" macro lens that doesn't even get close to this magnification. What is your ratio, like 1:25?

    14. Kombizz 47 months ago | reply

      GREAT macro

    15. Shane Jones 35 months ago | reply

      Such an amazing geometrical pattern for a natural creature. Really well done.

    16. miranda-photographer 29 months ago | reply

      Wow what did u use for this shot how do u get so close to be able to see theyr eyes!?

    17. iolite1 11 months ago | reply

      Great work! Do u use macro lens plus close up filters to get this close or use reverse prime lens with adapter? Saw your art work....amazing talents Thomas.

    18. Sharon's Shotz 11 months ago | reply

      this is just amazing!

    19. Jonnyfez 10 months ago | reply

      WOW man your photostream is amazing. Excellent work, stunning. congratulation.

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