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The Belly of the Beast
The Belly of the Beast
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Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4500
Date: Aug 25, 2004
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Aug 26, 2004

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This interesting critter landed on the outside of my patio-door window, allowing me to get quite close with the macro settings and photograph his belly-side. The body and leg structure was similar to a mosquito but I know it's not a mosquito. Anyone know what he is?

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02/15/2007 11:36:06 PM
hehe! I found a link for you! Crane Fly

It appears that ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', '/') + 1) . ' macrothing was exactly right :)

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02/15/2007 09:00:32 PM
You are right! It does look like an adult male mosquito. I know you have already heard this but the detail in that eye is captivating :) I will look him up and see if I can find out what he is :)
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05/18/2006 09:16:03 AM
An interesting angle and excellent colour. It captures the insect-ness of this beasty.
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12/10/2005 04:22:38 PM
I dunno but the detail in his eye is pretty impressive. Good shot.
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12/10/2005 04:21:22 PM
Fairly good macro, especially given the (estimated) size of these. 70% sure this is a type of Crane Fly (Tipulidae), possibly a Tiger Crane Fly:

Arthropods (Arthropoda) » Hexapods (Hexapoda) » Insects (Insecta) » Pterygota » Flies (Diptera) » Nematocera » Crane Flies (Tipulidae) » Tiger Crane Flies (Nephrotoma)

More info & some good photographs at BugGuide.Net. It may also be a Limoniid Crane Flies (Limoniidae) or a Tipula Yamatotipula , you can 'decide'. edit:wording

Message edited by author 2005-12-10 16:33:13.
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