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My Worst Nightmare

My Worst Nightmare
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Kodak EasyShare Z740
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/91 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): world for two, Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-16 14:11
Viewed: 3726
Points: 26
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I have an irrational fear over these so I was impressed today when I found one on the INSIDE of my window. Of course I did have to take a few snaps before it was removed :-)

I have two views here stitched together

Wikipedia has this to say on Crane Flies
The crane flies (Tipulidae) are a family 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.

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 held inside) in comparison to the males. The female abdomen also ends in a pointed ovipositor that looks a bit like a stinger

The life cycle is typically brief- egg, four larval stages, short pupal stage and short-lived adult Cycles among species vary from 6 weeks to 4 yrs (in Arctic species); in temperature regions typically 1-2 generationsa year. Crane flies occur from the Arctic to equatorial forests and even in some mountain ranges Most species are associated with moist temperate environments Immatures occur in amazingly diverse habitats These include:- fresh water, intertidal zones, cliff faces with film of wet algal growth, moist moss and lichen, decaying wood, mud, loamy soils by streams, leaf mining (a Hawaiian species), decaying plant materials, fungi, in organic matter in some bird and mammal nests, in crop fields, and in dry soils in lawns and pastures

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I liked how your merged the two different points of view. Glasses are always difficult perches to take a good shot. You did very well, although I would have sharpened just a bit more.
Nothing to worry about with this ones, they are good guys, the horror for me is when I hear the Bzzzz of small ones flying on my ear :D
Regards, Felipe.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-09-16 14:29]

so, you were really brave here, karan! :-)
they only look pretty mean, but they are harmless.
great composition of the two cranefly views
- the left one with its ghostlike reflections is very cool.
well done & take care, thorsten.

Hi Karan,
Great composition you have here! Very clear and lighting photo! Well done!


Hello Karan!

Great composition and sharpness. Seen one today and was wondering what it was, now I know. My thanks.


Hi Karan,
Beautiful pictures and excellent macro. The colors and forms are great.
Very creative work!


Amazing in focus!! Very well done.. certainly when you must have been shaking.. ; )

Greetz Kristy

Hi Karan,Superb macro shot!Excellent colors,details,sharpness and composition .TFS.Hilmi

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-17 6:14]

Excelente doble presentación Karan con gran agudeza y el bonus de la imagen derecha y su propia sombra.
Los detalles en sus alas son muy nítidos así como sus antenas.
Que duermas bien ;-)
Saludos... Ricardo

Excellent double presentation Karan with great sharpness and the bonus of the right image and their own shade.
The details in their wings are very clear as well as their antennas.
That you sleep well ;-)
Greetings... Ricardo

... later :)

Hi Karan,
I think this is pretty funny that you're afraid of them actually because they are so inoffensive (and I don't laugh at you right now; I know what irrational fear is...) You caught them with excellent details and I like his shadow of the second one on the wall :-) This is a very clear and colorful image, thanks and congratulations to have taken this picture even if you don't like them...

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-09-18 17:19]

Hi Karan
Nice composition. Good colours, sharpnes, light and POV. I also have somting like this that I'm gonna send up some day.
Well done Karan


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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-09-25 21:06]

Nicely done macro, Karan. Good lighting and exposure. They look good stitched together, but I bet they would be fine seperately, too, especially the image on the left because it is richer in shadows.

Hello Karan,
Very good macro work on the tiny insects!
Fine details and good colours, well done!
Pablo -

I am just bck from a vacation in a malaria area. Whenever I heard a mozzie I ducked. :)

Love the merging of the two points of view. The glass refelctions handled well. Well done.

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