WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Finalist 2017

Behaviour: Invertebrates

Kutub Uddin, Bangladesh/UK

Fly killer

Kutub witnessed this robber fly attack an unsuspecting fly in mid-air. After a few minutes, he managed to relocate the pair. ‘It was fascinating to watch the robber fly eat,’ says Kutub. The meal took half an hour, long enough for Kutub to take several pictures with different points of focus. Combined, they reveal the moment in intricate detail.

Gripping its prey – a common bluebottle – between its strong bristly legs, this golden-tabbed robberfly will inject venom into the unfortunate victim to paralyse it and digest its insides, before it sucks up the liquid like a spider. The robber fly’s stiff moustache protects its eyes from struggling prey.

Technical specification

Sony A77 Mark II; 100mm lens and Raynox filter; 1/250 sec at f11; ISO 100; Sony flash; Custom-made diffuser.


Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve, West Sussex, England, UK: latitude 50.937756, longitude -0.493758 Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve, West Sussex, England, UK: latitude 50.937756, longitude -0.493758

Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve, West Sussex, England, UK

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Kutub Uddin

Kutub Uddin, Bangladesh/UK

Born and raised in rural Bangladesh, Kutub moved to the UK at the age of 25. After receiving his first camera as a gift he started taking pictures of animals and landscapes. He has since developed his interest, studying different photography techniques through online courses and books.

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