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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Leaping Robber Fly

Robber flies are fast, fearless, and ferocious predators of the insect world. I thought it might be interesting to get a few photos of these little guys flying since they were fairly common where I was working in the high-desert of Washington.

Interesting yes, easy no.....

For an insect that has extremely agile flight capabilities, it sure is stubborn about not flying when ever I had my camera around. I did manage to get one leaping into flight from a patch of soil, but it took two days...

Predacious robber fly (Efferia sp.)

I had to take an occasional break from the frustrating robber flies, so I took advantage of the wild mariposa lilies that were making their annual appearance.

sagebrush Mariposa lily (Calochortus macrocarpus)

Sagebrush Mariposa lily (Calochortus macrocarpus)

Sagebrush Mariposa lily (Calochortus macrocarpus)

And managed to photograph a small native anthidium bee near a Salt heliotrope (Heliotropium Curassavicum) flower.
Anthidium bee (Anthidium sp)


John W. Wall said...

Great catches, man! I do believe that's the first leaping robber fly photo I've ever seen. Beautiful mariposa shots too.

OregonWild said...

Thanks John. Robber flies are extremely cool - just not very cooperative.

Chris said...

Awesome pictures, your hard work shows.
Were you using a on or off camera flashes?
I would love to see more pictures of your in field camera flash setup for the remote pictures.
Thank you for the Blog; it’s a great learning tool.

OregonWild said...


I don't think this kind of shot would be possible with on camera flash (unless you are very, very, very lucky)

You are correct of course – I should be showing some of my flash set-ups. I will endeavor to do so.

Vijay Raj said...

I am big follower of your blog and must say I dabbled into bat photography a relatively new subject in India drawing inspiration from your site. I am very keen on doing insects in flight. You know how the tropics are in terms of insect diversity, damselfly, colorful dragonflies and ofcourse the amazing rainforest butterflies as well. I am keen on knowing your flash setup. Another thing which I would love to know from you is the underwater housing and trigger which you effectively captured the salmon.

D - Wing said...

great photos.

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