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Copyright: Pascal DM (Platypus) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 29 W: 0 N: 39] (280)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 18-70mm DX
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-11-29 16:10
Viewed: 3019
Points: 4
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A couple of european crane flies (Tipulidae - "cousin" in french) spotted in a forest last spring.

It appears they have become a nuisance in northern US where their larvaes feed on grassroots during fall and winter :)


Description from http://www.acnatsci.org/~gelhaus/chapters/crane_flies.htm :

"Crane fly adults are long-legged, slender bodied flies, while larvae inhabit a wide variety of aquatic and terrestrial habitats and exhibit a broad range of feeding strategies. Crane flies can make up a significant portion of the biodiversity in edges of aquatic habitats, and adults, whether from terrestrial or aquatic habitats, generally congregate along aquatic environments."

Other facts from www.gardensafari.net/english/mosquitoes.htm :

" The biggest Crane-fly of them all, a tropical species may reach 7 centimetres (or 2.8"). Crane-flies do not sting people, as a matter of fact most adults don't even eat at all. The larvae however eat grassroots, thus causing brown patches in the lawn or meadows. Farmers and gardeners are not fond of these larvae, better known as leather-jackets, at all. Luckily some species of birds, especially the Rook and the Black-headed Gull, are fond of them and also Hedgehogs will eat them when given a chance. "

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Great macro Pascal!

Good shot in a good moment, good composition and DOF, TFS,


Hi Pascal,
this is lovely, I've never seen a couple of a crane-fly. A beautiful shot, so clear and with perfect colours against the soft BG.
It's funny, I had the same idea today before I have seen your shot. I also have a crane-fly here, I haven't seen them here on TN for a long time. I like your shot very much, thanks and bye bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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