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A face even it's mother probably couldn't love!

 
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Charles Krebs



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 9:58 am    Post subject: A face even it's mother probably couldn't love! Reply with quote



This is a species of cranefly that is quite common here in the NW. They are large and gangly, and fly around as if they were intoxicated. Once they get in my house their sole purpose in life becomes harassing me.... they drop down on my book after hitting the overhead reading light, bounce around off the computer screen, and at night when you are trying to sleep, you think the world's largest mosquito is trying to get at you! Shocked

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micron



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good one Charlie. Smile I have thought about imaging these characters but they are so ugly I could not get myself to take the picture!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What Ron said is right Charlie, this is one ugly ugly face, a very courageous shot Charlie.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A very unusual image. That is one ugly insect. You almost feel a bit of compassion for it. Neutral
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Wim van Egmond



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2005 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You shouldn't judge this crane fly for its looks! I am sure it has a great personality! Very Happy

Did you try and capture the halteres, the rudimentary posterior wings on these flies?

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lacerta



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2005 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is the projecting mouth parts that really give this guy some character. Do craneflies even feed as adults ?? I know some ephemoral forms such as mayflies don't eat as adults. They are not Diptera with characteristic halteres as Vim mentioned, but do they also bear vestigial mouthparts ?
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Charles Krebs



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2005 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wim... funny you should mention the halteres, it was the first thing I looked at and photographed... guess I'll post them now!

George... The halteres on these guys are quite large. I've read that the adult feeding situation is not well known, although some cranefly species apparently do sip flower nectar.
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