Crane fly, Schnaken, Langpootmuggen (Tipulidae)

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Erik van den Ham on May 11, 2008

Crane fly on Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris)

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Insects in the family Tipulidae are commonly known as crane flies. Adults are very slender, long-legged flies that may vary in length from 2–60 mm (tropical species may exceed 100 mm).

In Canada, the United Kingdom 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 hawks, mosquito eaters (or skeeter eaters), gallinippers, gollywhoppers, and jimmy spinners.

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.

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Lucrecia Díaz on May 12, 2008

Ohhh, I like this One!!! Many greetings!

Erik van den Ham on May 12, 2008

Thanks Lucrecia,

The animal might not be the most charming but i do like the composition and unsharpness in this picture.

Greetings Erik

Tjeert.Mensinga © on May 14, 2008

zeldzaam mooie opname Erik van mij een Y* en best off!! h gr Tjeert.

Erik van den Ham on May 14, 2008

Dank je Tjeert,

Voor alle waardering.

Was zelf ook erg content met het resultaat. Toen ik de foto zag op de computer viel me pas op hoe mooi de onscherpte contrasteerde met de strakke lijnen van de langpootmug.

Groet Erik

Rafael (Retrocool) on May 14, 2008

An amazing photo erik

Erik van den Ham on May 15, 2008

Thanks Rafael,

Greetz erik

pic.point on May 18, 2008

Another YS. Your close up pictures are simply amazing.

Cheers, Inessa

Erik van den Ham on May 18, 2008

Thanks again Inessa i'm honoured to get so much credit.

Greetz Erik

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