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Crane Fly (Tipulidae)

Posted by
itchydogimages (Pu'er, China) on 5 May 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

For the uninitiated, a crane fly is best described as a giant mosquito. I have had some whose leg span is considerably bigger than my open hand. They are flies; members of order Diptera (Di - meaning two; Ptera - wings). You can clearly see this fly has the required two wings (unlike most of other insects) and a pair of drumstick-like halteres which are what remains of the hind wings.
Pu'er, Yunnan, China

SONY DSC-R1 1/160 second F/16.0 ISO 160 72 mm

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Bruce from Tacoma, United States

I didn't realize they were that big. Great shot

5 May 2012 5:55am

jay from MUMBAI, India

:))

5 May 2012 7:39am

Francisco from Miami, United States

Great macro!

5 May 2012 11:12pm

Wendy from Canterbury, New Zealand

Magnificent.

6 May 2012 10:37am

SONY DSC-R1
1/160 second
F/16.0
ISO 160
72 mm

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