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Crane fly (Tipulidae)

Crane fly (Tipulidae)
Foto informatie
Auteursrechten: marie christine guegan (mariki) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Kleur
Datum Opname: 2007-11-18
Categorieën: Insects
Camera: Samsung digimax D103
Belichting: f/2.8, 1/250 Seconden
Fotoversie: Originele versie
Thema's: Birch inhabitants and visitors, Diptera (except syrphidae) [view contributor(s)]
Datum inzending: 2008-03-12 7:19
Gezien: 3318
Punten: 41
[Richtlijnen voor opmerkingen] Opmerking van de fotograaf [Frans]
Tipula sp. (lateralis?)

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).
At least 14,000 species of crane flies have been described. This makes the Tipulidae the largest family of Diptera.


In appearance crane flies seem long and gangly, with very long legs, and a long slender abdomen. The wings are often held out when at rest, making the large halteres (balancers) easily visible. Unlike mosquitoes, crane flies are weak and poor fliers with a tendency to "wobble" in unpredictable patterns during flight, and they can be caught without much effort. However, it is very easy to accidentally break off their delicate legs when catching them, even without direct contact. This may help them to evade the birds who pursue them as prey.

Crane flies are variable in size, with temperate species ranging from 2 mm up to 60 mm.

The females have swollen abdomens in comparison to the males because they contain eggs. The female abdomen also ends in a pointed ovipositor.


Adult crane flies feed on nectar or they do not feed at all; once they become adults, most crane fly species live only to mate and die. Their larvae consume roots and other vegetation, in some cases causing damage to plants. Therefore the crane fly is occasionally considered a mild turf pest in some areas.

(source: wikipedia)

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Hi Marie,
This is very nice shot at Crane Fly. Perfect sharpness and well exposed image. Lovely composition. Very well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2008-03-12 8:42]

Hello Marie,
Very fine sharp capture of "Daddy Longlegs", not exactly my favourite insect as it rattles its long legs! Excellent details here though and fine colours. Well composed too.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2008-03-12 9:20]

Hello Mariki,
Not often we see tipulids on TN!
you have captured this Cranefly with fine sharpness on the body and most of the legs. The diagonal composition on the birch bark is excellent.
Thanks for sharing this one,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6023 W: 89 N: 15133] (63409)
  • [2008-03-12 10:24]

Salut Marie,un tres bon travail,c'est pas facile et tu a fait une galerie parfaite de insects tres petits,mes plus gros compliments,Luciano

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1081 W: 292 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-03-12 10:48]

Hello Marie,
you show a very clear and sharp picture of that crane fly.
The focus on and the sharpness of the body is admirable.
Best wishes, Peter

Great patterns on this fly. Really sharp and detailed...good composition as well. TFS

Hello Marie,

Splendid capture of this Tilupa sp. with excellent details, nice POV and DOF. But you trimmed it extremly my friend. Stil beautiful. TFS.

...and if you get close enough at nighttime and put a flash on it, it will appear as total gold...I mis-ID'ed one of these last year...thinking it was some giant mosquito..Your image is much better and your notations are complete!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-12 15:52]

Hi Marie

Great shot - excellent POV with outstanding colours and detail. Well observed and captured (even though I hate these)!


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-12 16:52]

Hi Marie.
Exelente el Macro de este insecto de gran tamaño. Muy nitida la imagen y se aprecian sus partes exelentemente. La nota y descripcion son de gran utilidad.
Saludos Marie.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-03-12 22:33]

Hello Marie,
That's a fly? it's huge! Very nice capture, sharpness and
composition are very good.. Well done


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-12 23:37]

Hi Marie,
Wonderful shot of this interesting Crane Fly with loooong legs and a looong body. Very impressive sharpness with perfect lighting and exposure. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Charmante tipule qui s'est laissé photographier avec tant de grâce.
Bonne journée.

Hi Mariki, great macro with fantastic details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Buen enfoque y excelente encuadre de esta típula. Bien cortadas las patas y suficiente profundidad para observar bien la parte del cuerpo. Buen aprovechamiento de la luz. Preciosa.

Saludos : Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

Hi Mariki,

Very cool insect. I remember when I was a kid, my friends and I were afraid of these, we thought they were giant mosquitoes.

Nice shot!


Hello Marie, v. sharp selective focusing on the body and head. I like the way you filled the frame with as much of the legs as you could giving us a size perspective of how long the legs are. Good exposure and detail. tfs Rgds Necip.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-13 10:57]

Hello Marie Christine

A very good close up of this crane fly.
The details are excellent.
Wonderful lighting and colours.
The POV is well done.


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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
  • [2008-03-13 14:07]

Hi Marie Christine,
very nice image of this elegant insect, good composition and natural colours, also interesting note, brava
best regards

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-14 5:10]

Hello Marie, Incredible sharp and nicely colored this image is, the depth of field and composition are great as well. Thank you Marie for this fine posting.

Hi Marie Christine!

This is a very impressive macro picture with good sharpness and a great richness of details. I don't know exactly what the underground is made (old wall?), but it suits the insect very well and creates a pleasant unity of color tones.

Kind regards


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