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The female Black Cranefly (Tanyptera atrata; Schwarze Kammschnake; Tipulidae) is one of the most spectacular Dipterans in my yard. It is actually a forest dwelling species, laying ist eggs in crevices of rotten wood. Being quite big it attracts one's immediate attention. But the continuous movements can severely test the patience of a photographer.
I dedicate the picture to all those who think that Dipterans are uninteresting. Enjoy, Dietrich
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I don't think Dipterans are uninteresting, so this pic is not for me. :-) Great photo with nice sunny colors and sharpness - plus there's huge educational value of the note. I immediately started seeking for more infos on the net about the genera. :-) Valuable post, thanks!
Kind regards from Ireland, LÃ¡szlÃ³
How fortunate to enjoy your work after such a long time, Dietrich!
It is indeed a unique Crane Fly you have posted today. It is a colourful insect and your picture of it is rich in details. Surprisingly, it does not have very long legs; the ones we see here in India do have exceptionally long legs.
Once again, hoping that you would resume posting regularly on TN.
Rare post here. Beautiful details and colour. Just don't like frontal leg guarding bit facial portion. You have twin flash! Perfect for macro photography. Keep shooting.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice week,
- [2017-05-14 13:37]
Hi Dietrich,a great capture of this rare and curious tipulidae,the quality of sharpness and colors is fantastic,i like it! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano.
- [2017-05-15 19:28]
What a neat and colorful looking cranefly. I love those bright orange legs in contrast to its silver gold thorax and pitch black abdomen. Tac sharp focus and perfectly exposed. As a young boy I always thought these were gigantic mosquitoes and therefore was afraid of them:)