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acerola



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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 12:06 pm    Post subject: Cranefly Eating Reply with quote

I did not see a cranefly to eat many time, but I do see one time. I manage to photograph it.

Canon 20D + 100 mm macro lens

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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's really nice! Good work getting so close - I find them twitchy buggers to shoot while alive, they keep flying off when I get anywhere near them.. Worse than most bugs except possibly ichneumons, which I rarely get near..

I like the composition, it's a bit strange with all those legs going all over the place but I think it works well, and the lighting is also really good! Smile

Strange you don't see many over there, here in the south east UK when they are in season I could collect pots full if I wanted to, they are sometimes almost a plague... (Not that bad so far this year but I see several each time I wander in grassland at the moment)

ETA Nice too to know that they DO eat!! Smile
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Makes you wonder what purpose those long legs serve. They seem more of a hindrance than a help. Nice picture.

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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lauriek: There are plenty of them here either. I just leave the word out of my sentence first. 'I did not see a cranefly _to eat_ many time' Embarassed

Most of the time they fly away, but I managed to get close to this one. I made this picture in 2005 and maybe I used a Canon close up lens also. It does not really matters, but I just bought it then.
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DaveW: there must be some reason for the long legs... Maybe a picture? Anybody? Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you captured something special here. At least I've never seen it before. Very detailed.

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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I never knew these things could eat either until now. I know that the larvae can be pretty distructive though. I found one here awhile back with bright geen eyes. A good question brought up about those legs also, wonder why they are so long? We human beings have a lot of unusual things on us that really do not make sense nor serve a practical purpose but insects and other things in nature don't just have somethings, just for decoration or maybe a conversation piece. Think They always seem to have a practical purpose, though not so obvious sometimes. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 3:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe a specialist could tell us more. But I afraid we did not know all of the special behavior of each insect. There are just so many. This crane fly has for example a special abdomen as you can see in the picture. Maybe the eating is only special for this species.

Thanks for your comments.
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 4:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I don't know I often ask Google questions. So I asked "What do Crane Flies eat" and got this:-

http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crane_fly

Alas the question "Why do Crane Flies have long legs" did not find an answer!

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