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Crane Fly

Crane flies are insects in the family Tipulidae, resembling giant mosquitoes. Adults are very slender, long-legged flies that may vary in length from 2 mm to 60 mm (tropical species may exceed 100mm). This one's body measured about 30-40mm (without the legs!). Like the mosquito, they belong in the order Diptera (flies). But unlike their "cousins", they don't bite (or sting). They are completely harmless despite their alarming appearance. Adult crane flies feed on nectar or they do not feed at all; most crane fly species live only to mate and die once they become adults.

- Source: Wikipedia

 

kingdom: Animalia

phylum: Arthropoda

subphylum: Hexapoda

class: Insecta

order: Diptera

suborder: Nematocera

family: Tipulidae

 

Canon EOS 400D, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM, ISO:200, f/8, 1/50, onboard flash.

While the flash "froze" the insect's details (I had to use it, because the fly was in the shade), the relatively slow shutter speed served to record ambient light and soften the shadows caused by the flash.

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Taken on May 13, 2007