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If Sikorsky made insects

Robo-fly or Robber fly? This handsome ærial predator was basking on the parsley in the garden this morning.  I’m armed with a new camera, just getting acquainted, and marauding for likely subjects.  Still learning — in fact, I hadn’t figured out how to shoot in Macro mode at this point, but the standard shooting mode digitally cropped for a zoom did a fair job.  It’s hard to see, but I believe this bird has lunch in its mouthparts; I spy extra wings under the crook of that front leg. And check out the grappling-hook feet!

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Robber fly, family Asilidae (photo A.Shock)

 

Posted by Allison on Jun 21st 2013 02:00 pm | 4 Comments
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4 Responses to “If Sikorsky made insects”

  1. robertaon 21 Jun 2013 at 4:13 pm link comment

    You are really taking some wonderful photos with your new camera!

  2. Allisonon 21 Jun 2013 at 7:08 pm link comment

    Thanks Roberta — LOL, you should see the ones that are getting away. Just fished a beautiful velvet ant out of the pool, and all I got of her glorious golden/cinnamon fur were blond blurs!

  3. don 22 Jun 2013 at 6:03 am link comment

    neither botanically nor orthographically, sweetie, is parsley spelt…

  4. Allisonon 22 Jun 2013 at 8:56 am link comment

    Whoops; there, all fixed. Thanks for noticing. “parsely” would scarcely be parsable!

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