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Old Nov 16, 2010, 1:56 AM   #1
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Default (Sigh) Not a dragonfly

I went out at the weekend hoping to get a dragonfly, but it wasn't to be. The closest I could get was this Crane fly [Nephrotoma australasiae]
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Glad they're only about 15 mm in body length!!

C&C welcome.

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Old Nov 16, 2010, 3:27 PM   #2
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I always wondered what those were called... It seems there are many varieties...

Nice capture, Bernice...!
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Old Nov 18, 2010, 3:47 PM   #3
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Thank you for your comment Wizzard0003. Yes, according to my insect book there 704 varieties of crane flies in Australia alone ....

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Bernice,
Wow what a bug! Here they are called misquito killers. I never knew why, I have never seen them even get close to a misquito..Go figure. That sucker sure looks mean though. Very clean shot. Thanks for the ID on it also.
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hkmp50 how intriguing - I looked it up on wikipaedia at <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crane_fly> which says in part that "common names have been applied to the crane fly, many of them more or less regional, including mosquito hawk, mosquito eater (or skeeter eater)" and that "Despite their common names, as adults, crane flies do not prey on mosquitoes, nor do they bite humans. Some larval crane flies are predatory and may eat mosquito larvae" — apparently some crane fly larvae in Kentucky may eat mosquito larvae.

Apparently both crane flies and dragon flies are also known as 'Mosquito Hawks' and dragon flies do eat mosquitos.

Here ends today's nature lesson.

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nice capture of a flying daddy long leg (as i know them)
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Interesting info, Bernice...

I know the ones around here are harmless to humans as sometimes I find them
when they've been cought indoors... I just catch them gently with my hand and
release them back outside...
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simple: Yes, I saw that they were called daddy long legs in some areas. What we know here as a daddy long legs is a spider [Pholcus phalangoides] see -

http://australianmuseum.net.au/daddy-long-legs-spider

Wizzard0003: I think the most harm they do to humans is to frustrate the bejeebers out of the camera bearing species with their endless fidgeting and flitting!

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