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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus 740UZ
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 50-60 points chapter 3, Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-29 4:16
Viewed: 3741
Points: 48
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Most people hate and afraid of Crane Flies. It's logical - it looks like megamosquito ;-) I like these slightly gawky insects. I like time of day when them start to fly - sunset. And I like theirs flight - like chaotic ballerinas of air.

The crane flies are a family (Tipulidae) of insects resembling giant mosquitoes. Like the mosquito, they are in the order Diptera (flies). They are sometimes called mosquito eaters, mosquito hawks, or skeeter eaters. They are also one of three unrelated arthropods named Daddy long-legs. The other two are the harvestmen and vibrating, cellar or house spider. As such, Crane Flies are wrapped up in the myth of being the most poisonous spider, but unable to bite humans. This is incorrect: they are clearly insects rather than spiders, as they possess only six legs rather than the arachnid eight. Also, Crane flies do not bite humans. They drink only water when young and do not usually feed at all when they are adult, as they only live for a few days to mate.

In appearance they seem long and gangly, with very long legs, and a long slender abdomen. The wings are often held out when at rest, making the large halteres easily visible. Unlike mosquitoes, crane flies are weak and poor fliers, so they can be caught easily and without effort. However, it is very easy to accidentally break off their delicate legs when catching them, even without direct contact. This may help them to evade the birds who pursue them as prey.

Temperate species range up to 60 mm in size, while tropical species have been recorded at over 100 mm. They are attracted towards light. The females have swollen abdomen (because of eggs inside) in comparison to the males. The female abdomen also ends in a pointed ovipositor that looks like a stinger.

Adult crane flies feed on nectar or not at all, while their larvae, called leatherjackets, consume roots (such as those of turf grass in backyard lawns) and other vegetation, in some cases causing damage to plants. Therefore the crane fly is occasionally considered a mild turf pest in some areas. Some leatherjackets are aquatic.

At least 14,000 species have been described (most of them by the specialist Charles P. Alexander), making Tipulidae the largest family of Diptera. The Giant Crane Fly (Holorusia rubiginosa) of the West can reach 38 mm (1-3/8 inches). Some Tipula species are 64 mm (2-1/2 inches). There are many smaller species (known as bobbing gnats) that are mosquito-sized, but they can distinguished by the V-shaped suture on the thorax and a lack of ocelli.

They are the food source of many birds.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-06-29 4:25]

That is fantastic, Grzegorz. Such a clear image, with crisp details and perfect exposure. Excellent composition. Well done and TFS. : )

It's a wonderful macro capture.
Well detailed in a nice POV. Nice compo with green leaves.
I always find it's hard to capture these tiny fellows in a good focussed shot. Your posts encourage me to try harder.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-29 4:30]

No wonder people don't like them, they look like spiders with wings! Actually I prefer them to spiders, but then of course I would. And double 'actually' I prefer ducks more though.
He looks very sharp on the leaves Greg. Good lighting and colours. Nice one.

First of all Greg I love the detail you captured here, It allows me to study well its form. I'm fascinated by its head. Its a very awkward looking insect and not to colorful. Great post with excellent note, I really enjoyed this, Thanks.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-06-29 4:59]

Excellent capture Greg,
Very nice detail,especially of the wings.
Great colours and DOF.
Very well done.


Superb, soft wings.
But... you cut one of its legs ;-)

Very good image, Greg. You've conveyed very nicely the grace of this critter, and your well chosen POV allows every detail to come out sharp. I like also the soft colors here, very suitable with the subject. Well done!

Excellent macro
TFS, Laurent

Magnificent shot Greg. Great POV. Very good light. Tack sharp, crisp and clear. Wonderful details too. Thanks.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-29 6:34]

Hi Greg,

Wonderful close-up Greg. Amazing sharp details and great colors. Good POV and well composed. I was just telling Joanna how amazing I think it is that you two are able to shoot such brilliant shots without using a genuine macrolens. Well done & TFS!


Hello Greg!
Wonderful close up.Details on wings are amazing.
Lighting,framing and composition are excellent.
Thanks for sharing.

Supre capture.!!!
Excellent details, crisp, sharp. Well done on the composition.


czesc:D robale, robaczki, insecty, smoki:D podziwam:D mnie nie lubia:D a teraz cos takiego:D wydaje mi sie, ze przeszkodziles mu w drzemce:D jak zawsze podoba sie zdjecie:D dobre:)


Hi Greg.
I had to photograph some of these recently for landcare research (a government department) for their bug identification website.
The females were red and the males were blue.When they were mating,with the evening sun shining through them they looked really psychedelic!
BTW ... I've just had my first TN visitor from Europe. JohnnyMag from England came over with the Lions tour (why would anyone want to see their team get thrashed?)
It was great having him here and he had a good time.
He loved Bullock Creek,Greg...& I'm sure you will too.

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  • Phoki Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 21] (284)
  • [2005-06-29 8:52]

This is an outstanding pic!!Ilike everything about it!EXCELENT JOB!!!!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-29 17:47]

Grzegorz, sharpness here is just amazing. Stunning shot to depict this very beautiful insect.

Very beautiful colors and great lighting.

Congratulations. I'm really impressed.

Great shot Greg,
The lighting is superb. Excellent details, colours, sharpness and composition.
DOF and POV are spot on. Excellent capture.
Thanks for posting

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-30 3:28]

Hello Greg!
Wonderful close up.Details,lighting,BG,composition and title are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-30 3:30]

Great macro for this thin insect ! Good pose, colors, DOF and details ! French name is Tipule. Thanks for sharing Greg.

Nice shot Greg, very good macro, I like the details, sharpness and DOF. Good work! Thanks for sharing.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-30 5:23]

Nice shot Greg, well done for getting it all in! Very nice details and a great accompanying note. Well done.

And you talk about magic DOF in my shots? well getting this with only f:3.7 is not magic, is just incredible. I guess you where quite far from the crane to get this DOF, but still nice details is seen. Good job.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-07-01 11:41]

very good shot Greg,
I know this specie and have it also on photo, your one is very good in pov and the details are super, very good dof too, well done,
gr. Jaap

Fantastic shot, Grzegorz !
I recently "captured" a female (not so sharp as yours), so I made some researches to identify it, and I can tell you this one is a male.
Excellent focus and details, this is a great one, thank you !

Hallo Grzegorz,

Again a very strong photo. I missed it first. (you can't see them all). The thumbnail looks so green.
This is a razorsharp pictur even the hairs on the leafs of the plant, wow.

Very nice,


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