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Hornet Robberfly.

By barrywebb  
I returned to a location where these amazing and quite large Robberflies are found. They are usually seen sitting on piles of cow dung where they lay their eggs and the larvae feed on Dung Beetle larvae within the cowpat. They catch quite large insects and pierce them with their spear-like mouth parts and drink them dry! This one is consuming a beetle. V1 shows the mouth parts, V2 consuming another kind of beetle and V3 eating a large grasshopper.
Many thanks to Karen, Dave, Scott, Geoff, Alfie, Nick and Mike for awarding my Rosemary Beetle image. Smile

Tags: Insect Insect close up Close-up and macro Insect macro Robberfly Focus stacked Hornet robberfly Asilus crabroniformis

Voters: TreefrogPhotography, Chinga, mike9005 and 33 more


Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2019 9:55PM
Excellent macro...
Isabel GrinGrin
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
21 Sep 2019 9:57PM
AlfieK Plus
3 1 1 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2019 9:59PM
Amazing macro work.
21 Sep 2019 10:43PM
Excellent well detailed set Barry,
Toobi_Won 9 77 8 England
21 Sep 2019 11:34PM
The clarity and level of detail you achieve, Barry is absolutely unbelievable!
Are you sure these bugs aren't about six feet tall?
mac Plus
19 9 Scotland
21 Sep 2019 11:36PM
Not the best images to view before my dinner! Usual high-quality macro images. Where do you keep finding them?
royd63uk Plus
15 3 1 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2019 11:42PM
Sharp and detailed...and scary

Spkr51 4 United States
22 Sep 2019 1:27AM
Superb macro *****
Excellent set, excellent macro. Such great detail
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
22 Sep 2019 11:02AM
Excellent macro photography, the detail captured quite marvellous.
An excellent set of detailed macro images. They really illustrate 'life in the raw', and I don't mean the digital definition of RAW!


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