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Monday, August 9, 2021

Crane Fly

  This lovely Crane Fly landed on our door today. Yes, they look like a giant mosquito. No, they don't bite. crane fly

Family Tipulidae, possibly genus Tipula. These are in Order Diptera, true flies, which means they have two wings they use to fly. Their hindwings are, in some families, adapted to other uses. This one is about 2.5 inches across, including the legs. (The one in the link below was over twice that size!) crane fly

I love the iridescent wings, and the spotted antennae. crane fly

This one is a male- I can tell because the abdomen is clubbed- just like in dragonflies.
crane fly

In other news: I made yogurt, I did some volunteer work and had two meetings. I edited, and I wrote a chapter. I worked a tiny bit on the trailer, but then it started raining.

See Awesome Crane Fly


Ann said...

I had never heard of these until recently someone else posted about them. I'm pretty sure if I were to see one I would mistake it for a mosquito.

The Oceanside Animals said...

Charlee: "Ooh! Crane flies! We love crane flies!"
Chaplin: "Almost as much as we love moths!"

Sharkbytes said...

Ann- they look very much alike

C&C- I do expect you would like to chase these!

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