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Tipula oleracea

Tipula oleracea
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/22, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-21 9:54
Viewed: 2652
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Better known backyard creatures:

Here we go with a portrait of the familiar Crane fly (Diptera; Tipulidae; Tipula oleracea; Kohlschnake). The animal is about 20 mm long and is characterized by the wing color: the front wing (costa) is brown, the band behind it incolor. And there is the brown band on the prothorax. I did'nt know about the nice eyes before I had the fly in my macro finder!

The Crane fly occurs everywhere in Europe and has been introduced elsewhere. You find distribution maps of European taxa on www.faunaeur.org. The larvae live in humus soil and eat plant roots.

If you have problems understanding the adaptive value of long legs and slow flight then watch a Crane fly walking over rough ground in an effort to deposit eggs. Try to follow it flying close to the ground!

It was a chance shot done with a macro, free handed, using a twin flash with light dispersers.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-05-21 9:58]
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Hi Dietrich,
Splendid shot of this Crane Fly. Very neat and sharp. Those eyes are magnificent. Good use of the flash and a fine smooth BG. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-05-21 10:01]
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Hi Dietrich,
this is a great shot with amazing detail in the eyes!
Well done,

Hello Dietrich!
Another interesting creature! It is not easy to take a good picture of fly belonging to this family. Long legs and huge "body surface" make these flies rather difficult objects of photography.
And because bravo for trying to do that! :) I like your POV and DOF. Details are so good that I can easy see the first pair of wings (reduced!).
By the way, I am very interested in key (keys) to species which are used by you to identify "backyard creatures" :)
Ok, that is all for now :)
Best greetings,

Ps. If you like please feel free to watch my Tipula species here; just to compare the differences between these interesting species :)

Hello Dietrich
Interesting POV and not so popular (on treknature) insect. Nice sharp image and interesting note.
Best wishes

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-21 11:40]
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Hi Dietrich.
I think (from my experience) to take so perfect shot of this insect is too difficult. Everyting is excellent: great POV, composition and cropping, amazing light and DOF, ultimate details and sharpness of the insect, nice scene at whole. Bravo, my friend. Perfect done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-21 12:52]
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Hello dietrich,
A good way of dealing with those sprawling long legs of a cranefly is to do what you did: take a close macro. This frontal view allows us to see clearly the eyes, the mouth parts and part of the legs. A little less clearly are the halteres, so evident in crane flies and easy to make out in this shot.
NIce contribution to TN and I thank you for that.
Best wishes, Ivan

Hallo Dietrich,
guter Schuß - dieses "Schneider" sind ein wenig gruselig mit ihren langen Beinen und dem eigenen Gesicht - aber die Augen schillern so schön Regenbogenfarben.
Zur Zeit sieht man tausende wenn man durch die Wiesen streift - und viele, die gerade dabei sind für Nachwuchs zu sorgen ;-)
Vielen Dank und lieben Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Truly remarkable macro of this Crane Fly, Dietrich.
Perfect focus, sharpness and colours. The eyes in particular are extremely well captured.
Thanks and best regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-05-23 2:57]
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Hallo Dieter,
Sehr gelungene Aufnahme dieser Kohlschake. Ich wusste auch nicht, dass diese so schöne Augen haben. Aus einer interessanten und ungewöhnlichen Perspektive fotografiert.Es gibt nichts zu nörgeln.
Liebe Grüsse

Hi Dietrich,
Exceptional details on this cranefly! Beautiful eyes too. You have a special talent for macro shots. I know macros require a special set of photographic skills and knowledge not practiced by many photographers. Congratulations on another sharp, properly exposed, and well composed photo.

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