Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

January 24, 2015

Crane Fly

Filed under: Insects — paul @ 10:03 am
Crane Fly

Crane Fly

It’s the season of creepy-crawleys, and we see more crane flies in the house. This one was posing patiently, and with its lovely green shade I could not resist (mostly we see the brownish ones). Clearly visible is the pair of halteres, modifications of the hind wings acting as flight stabilisers.

While they look like super sized mosquitoes, they are totally harmless (maybe a nuisance if their long legs get caught in your hair – not a problem for my bald head).

Leptotarsus virescens; about 2 cm nose to tail.