Robber Fly with Prey (Holcocephala fusca)

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Here's another shot I've been sitting on a while - a feeding Holcocephala fusca robber fly from last June. I don't remember exactly, but I believe this was a focus-stack of 3 images taken with the 50mm reversed on extension tubes.

It's easy to see why these little guys are one of my favorite Asilid species - those beautiful compound eyes are just spellbinding - I spent just about all last summer trying to get another "really" high-magnification portrait (more so than last summer) but had no luck in getting the shot(s) I wanted. I can't stress how many hours I've spent chasing these little flies around the woods of Oklahoma to no avail - these are some truly skittish animals.

They are quite a joy to watch though regardless of their difficulties as a photographic subject - I'll have to get some video of their hunting and mating behavior some day.

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  1. DeVil__ 25 months ago | reply

    Great shot, well done!

  2. MeeLux Photography 22 months ago | reply

    Wow your macro shots puts alot of people to shame I keep thinking people do good shots with macro but wow nothing compared to what u shoot. I'd live to see more from you and look forward to your future uploads

  3. michael doe1 22 months ago | reply

    an absolutely amazing shot!

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  5. tryphon4 22 months ago | reply

    Belle prise au vol!

  6. brendaclementsjones 20 months ago | reply

    Awesome little guy! I have begun chasing them around trying to get decent picts too. I am in the mtns of central Va., at 2000'. Thanks so much for helping me indentify what in the world this cool guy is!

  7. *Chunk* 20 months ago | reply

    I can't get enough of this shot. It's incredible. How did you focus stack here? Was the camera hand held? I have taken many photos of this species but none come close.

  8. luca fotos 18 months ago | reply

    special shot!!!

  9. akalbudi 18 months ago | reply

    Ive never found this type of robberfly....prestine shot Bro

  10. Okie Bill 18 months ago | reply

    Stunning capture..

  11. PN Verheij 18 months ago | reply

    Wow those eyes, amazing! Beautiful picture! Regards Patrick

  12. dédouille 12 months ago | reply

    vos photos sont extraordinnaires

  13. Danny Ng. 12 months ago | reply

    my God, I love all of your photos :)

  14. Astral Will 5 weeks ago | reply

    Now this is detailed!

  15. Mike_t_by_the_sea 2 weeks ago | reply

    What a weird insect!

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