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Copyright: Nemes Septimiu (septimiu_nemes) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 371] (2161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 80, Nikon AFS 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF DX, Kenko UV MC Digital 67mm
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-01-19 2:01
Viewed: 3509
Points: 30
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Spotted Crane-fly ( Nephrotoma appendiculata ).

Tipulidae are commonly known as crane flies. Adults are very slender, long-legged flies that may vary in length from 260 mm (tropical species may exceed 100 mm).
In Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland they are commonly referred to as daddy long-legs, but this name can also refer to two unrelated arthropods: members of the arachnid order Opiliones (especially in the United States and Canada) and the cellar spider Pholcidae (especially in Australia).
Numerous other common names have been applied to the crane fly, many of them more or less regional, including mosquito hawk, mosquito eater (or skeeter eater), gallinipper, gollywhopper, and jimmy spinner.
At least 14,000 species of crane flies have been described, most of them (75%) by the specialist Charles Paul Alexander. This makes the Tipulidae the largest family of Diptera.
n appearance crane flies 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 (balancers) easily visible. Unlike most flies, crane flies are weak and poor fliers with a tendency to "wobble" in unpredictable patterns during flight, and they can be caught without much 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.
Female abdomens contain eggs, and as a result appear swollen in comparison to those of males. The female abdomen also ends in a pointed ovipositor that may look somewhat like a stinger but is in fact completely harmless.
Adult mouthparts may occur on the end of the crane fly's long face, which is sometimes called a snout or a short rostrum.
Larvae have a distinct head capsule, and their abdominal segments often have long fleshy projections surrounding the posterior spiracles (almost like tentacles).
Despite their common names, crane flies do not prey on mosquitoes as adults, nor do they bite humans. Some larval crane flies may on occasion feed on mosquito larvae.Adult crane flies feed on nectar or they do not feed at all; once they become adults, most crane fly species live only to mate and die. Their larvae, called "leatherjackets", "leatherbacks", "leatherback bugs" or "leatherjacket slugs", because of the way they move, consume roots (such as those of turf grass) and other vegetation, in some cases causing damage to plants. The crane fly is occasionally considered a mild turf pest in some areas. In 1935, Lord's cricket ground in London was among the venues affected by leatherjackets: several thousand were collected by ground staff and burned, because they caused bald patches on the wicket and the pitch took unaccustomed spin for much of the season.
Little is known of the juvenile biology of many crane fly species. The larvae of less than 2% of the species have been described. Of those that have been described, many prefer moist environments, and some leatherjackets are aquatic.
The long legs are an adaptation that may allow the fly to alight in grassy places.
Crane flies are a food source for many birds. They are also susceptible to fungal infections and are a food source for many other insects.

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Hi Nemes,
Nice close up from this flies...
I find the flies a little bit centered, i tried a workshop.
TFS, regards

Hello Nemes,
this is a great picture woth fine details and beautifu natural colors. Excellent DOF and POV, good composition of this Spotted Crane-fly
Have a nice week.


Brilliant capture of these mating Crane Flies, Nemes.
Though the creatures are slim and tiny, you have shot them in perfect focus with good details.
The background greenery adds to the beauty of the entire composition.
Well done and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-19 3:44]

Hello Septimiu,
This is a great macro!
A fine capture of a pair of mating Craneflies taken from an excellent POV with fine sharpness to show these long-legged insects fully against the natural OOF contrasting BG.
Well done and thanks for sharing this unusual image,
Best regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-19 4:56]

Hello Nemes,
This is a very pleasant composition again and a subject not so often shown. Nice the way you included the surrounding nature. I like this kind of pictures which are not framed too tight.
Best regards

Hi Nemes,

The subject and surounding with brilliant depth and colour make this shot very artistic and alive.TFS.


hello Nemes
the picture are GREAT with sharpness
very good details
and full of colours
i like the picture very mutch!!
greeting lou

Hello Nemes,
Excellent picture with a very good sharpness and fine details good natural colors. Good composition and POV.
TFS. Regards. Ferran

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-19 9:40]

Hi Septimiu,

What a fantastic capture of these mating Crane Flies. The clarity is exceptional offering amazing details of these insects. Colors are marvelous. They show up beautifully against the green setting. Superb composition and frame.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-19 9:43]

Hello Nemes,
Excellent capture of these mating Crane fly.
Nice composition, POV and DOF.Excellent sharpness and details captured. Thank you for sharing this beautiful shot,
Best regards Siggi

hello septimiu
what a beautiful scene of this two crane flies " in action "
the green BG is wonderful and the flies are very sharp with a lot of deteils
I like the ciomposition very much
TFS Jacqueline

Hi Septimiu, lovely couple in love, great DOF, fantastic colors, splendid details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Septimiu,
a perfect macro calpture of this pair of spotted crane-fly with splendid details and colours.
TFS and cheers,

Hi Nemes,

good seeing this little insect, you shot a good macro photo.
Exellent pov, good dof.
Beautiful colours and details.


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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2009-01-21 3:42]

imi place imaginea. ai surprins un moment deosebit. felicitari

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