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Copyright: vipin baliga (vipinbaliga) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 18 W: 12 N: 44] (460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nokia N73
Exposure: f/2.8
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): wasp-guÍpe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-08-26 21:25
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Points: 4
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This wasp was on a Hibiscus leaf when I saw it... I decided to take a closer look and that is when I realised that this fly had lost one of its leg...!

I had to sprint into my room and grab my cellphone so that I can show it to you guys...

And here it is...!!
A decent picture I hope.... :-)
Let me see what you people have to say...

I am waiting for your critiques now...

Aimangala Village,

Information On The Specimen:

Numerous other common names have been applied to the crane fly, many of them more or less regional, including mosquito hawk, mosquito eater ,gallinipper, gollywhopper, jimmy spinner.

In 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 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. Also, it is very easy to accidentally break off their delicate legs when catching them, even without direct contact.
Crane flies vary in size, with temperate species ranging from 2 mm up to 60 mm.

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.

An urban legend states that the daddy long-legs spider has the most potent venom of any spider; this same legend is attributed to crane flies where they commonly go by the name "daddy long-legs" (principally in the United Kingdom).
However, the crane fly is in fact innocuous, while the spider's venom is harmless to humans because of the small dosage. The commonly confused harvestman, also known as daddy long-legs but which isn't a spider, is also not venomous.

Despite their common names, crane flies do not prey on mosquitoes as adults, nor do they bite humans.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.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Nematocera
Infraorder: Tipulomorpha
Family: Tipulidae

Thanks Ivan For identifying the species for me... :-)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-26 22:29]
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Hello Vipin,
A fine macro of a species of Crane-fly (Tipulidae) that has the warning colours of a wasp, but you can see that it is a species of fly as it has only one pair of wings, the other pair being replaced by a pair of balancers that look like small rackets.
It seems to have lost three of its legs!
Nice sharpness and contrasting leaf BG.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • shree Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 49 W: 13 N: 71] (276)
  • [2009-08-27 7:43]
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You are very inquisitive, Vipin, I must say! I never saw a similar wasp before and I am glad to see you have such nice variety of fauna around you, some of which I have never seen before. Your cellphone camera has again worked very well for you and I am sure we will have very good pictures coming once you get a SLR!

Thanks for sharing this Crane-fly shot with us!

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