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Robber Fly Depositing Eggs on Steel Cable

 
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A-PeeR



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:15 pm    Post subject: Robber Fly Depositing Eggs on Steel Cable Reply with quote

Somehow I don't think the larva are going to be real happy. Sigma 105 macro on 36mm tubes, 430 EX-II with DIY concave diffuser:

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a spectacular picture! How did you come to see this and be in position to shoot it??

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Somehow I don't think the larva are going to be real happy.

I'm thinking they'll probably be OK. Mommy just took a high-tech spin on normal behavior. According to http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/flies/robber_flies.htm:
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Female Asilidae deposit whitish-colored eggs on low-lying plants and grasses, or in crevices within soil, bark, or wood. Egg-laying habits depend on the species and their specific habitat; most species lay their eggs in masses, which are then covered with a chalky protective coating.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Rik. Out for the morning shooting macro and it started getting a wee bit hot so I took a shade break. I noticed Dragonflies perched on the steel cabling of a cattle fence. I thought it might make an interesting macro setting so fired off a shot but the dragon was quick to flight. Not to be deterred, I walked the fence line and noticed all sorts of critters on the cables. Usually I have a hard time sneaking up on robbers but this one was preoccupied and paid me little mind. I crouched and approached very slowly. I fired off a few shots at ~12" to get a feel if it was going to fly off or stick to the task at hand. I kept inching forward shooting shots at different working distances until I got to MFD. Robber was oblivious to the overhead diffuser and my firing off shots. I shot a few frames for stacking but haven't thrown them into Zerene yet. I hope to get to that in the next day or two.

I truly enjoy macro opportunities like this. Not only are you getting a chance to capture a good photograph but you also get to witness extraordinary events through the viewfinder.

Thanks for the link. Reading about the larval feeding habits I don't think they will find much on the cable. Guessing they will have to drop to the ground to find food, water, and shelter.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the additional information. That sounds like a very fun day. All my experiences with robberflies have been like you first describe -- a hard time sneaking up on them.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A really spectacular shot! Great!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is an awesome shot! Cool Chances like that don't come around to often, at least for me they don't. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

liuto wrote:
A really spectacular shot! Great!
Thank you for viewing and taking the time to comment liuto.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ken Ramos wrote:
That is an awesome shot! Cool Chances like that don't come around to often, at least for me they don't. Smile
Thanks Ken, I appreciate the input. That don't seem to come all that often for me either. I have to say, when I first started shooting macro I'd get so excited I was sure to foul up the shot one way or another. At least now, with some practice under my belt, I have a chance of capturing a decent image.
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