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Collection: 035 - NOV 09. BLACK & WHITE
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: in the grass near our house
Date: Jan 6, 2009
Galleries: Nature, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Nov 22, 2009

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Comments: 4
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this is a robberfly with a small insect he's caught and is 'eating' ..
robberflies seize their prey in flight and inject their victims with saliva containing neurotoxic and proteolytic enzymes .. this injection, inflicted by their modified mouthparts (hypotharynx), rapidly immobilizes prey and digests bodily contents .. the robberfly soon has access to a liquid meal, which is generally consumed upon returning to a perched position.
gross and fascinating .. !!!

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11/23/2009 01:41:50 PM
This is superb!! What an amazing image.. looks almost like a wizard with his white beard. Amazing detail and contrast!
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11/23/2009 09:05:47 AM
I see a SyFy (Sci-Fi) Channel movie in the future... giant robberflies mutated by environmental toxins.
Cool shot and notes.
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11/23/2009 04:23:32 AM
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11/22/2009 07:18:46 AM
These are quite magical in b&w - totally different feel to colour, and the write up adds nicely as well.
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