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Weird bug, scary if I was 2" tall
Lens: da*300+AF1.7x Camera: k20d Photo Location: home ISO: 400 Shutter Speed: 1/180s Aperture: F13.5 
Posted By: imtheguy, 07-09-2010, 11:25 PM

After an unsuccessful venture out birding with a 510mm combo I was about to open the front door when I noticed this critter on the stoop blocking my way. With help from the flash, I got a shot at 510mm from 5' away before it left and came at my face. With 6 little claws, a horn on its forehead, a spike for a nose and maybe a stinger, I chose not to challenge it and used the back door. I was surprised how well the lens+TC worked as a macro while handheld in deep shadows.


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That is an amazing shot with that combo ! Great detail and except for it's 'beak' (easily PP'd) no sign of blown highlights. Good job !
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Now that's a cool shot. Well done. JIM
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it's a scary thought to imagine if bugs were our size.To go one on one with them would be no contest.--charlie zap

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Great shot of a crazy looking bug. Some years back, I left my wife in my old van while walking out on pea island and one got in the van with her. She still brings it up when we go by there, "Devil Bug" she called it.
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Whoa, what a shot--killer sharp! I seem to have picked up a bunch of bug shots lately for the same reason
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I believe that this is some species of a robber fly. They are predatory insects, often eating insects larger than themselves. I've seen some larger species prey on dragonflies, mantids, and large horse flies. That beafy midsection gives lots of power to their wings so that they are very capable and strong fliers. When they catch prey, they inject some enzymes that start to digest the prey insides within their own exoskeleton, then they suck out their dinner through their 'beak'...

If I had to choose one insect that wasn't going to be large enough to eat me, these guys would be near the top of the list...up their with spiders, mantids, dragonflies.
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Thanks to all for viewing and the encouraging comments.

QuoteOriginally posted by borno Quote
Great shot of a crazy looking bug. Some years back, I left my wife in my old van while walking out on pea island and one got in the van with her. She still brings it up when we go by there, "Devil Bug" she called it.
As a teenage surfer I spent enough nights sleeping on the beach or in the car on Pea island. Any bug coming in your van was just trying escape the hoards of biting flies and mosquitoes that come up in clouds if you stir the dune grass.

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Whoa, what a shot--killer sharp! I seem to have picked up a bunch of bug shots lately for the same reason
The same reason? you mean because Jim keeps busting my crappy outdoor shots with his great ones?

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I believe that this is some species of a robber fly. They are predatory insects, often eating insects larger than themselves. I've seen some larger species prey on dragonflies, mantids, and large horse flies. That beafy midsection gives lots of power to their wings so that they are very capable and strong fliers. When they catch prey, they inject some enzymes that start to digest the prey insides within their own exoskeleton, then they suck out their dinner through their 'beak'...

If I had to choose one insect that wasn't going to be large enough to eat me, these guys would be near the top of the list...up their with spiders, mantids, dragonflies.
I KNEW there was good reason to move when it flew at me. Anything that can bring down a Mantid gets my respect. Thanks for all the info.

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T The same reason? you mean because Jim keeps busting my crappy outdoor shots with his great ones?
Exactly!
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Great shot, I'd go around that thing too!
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