Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Hanging Crane Fly

I found this specimen hovering, if you can call it that, at the edge of a lake in Pocahontas State Park. This hanging crane fly (Brachypremna dispellens) was easy to spot due to its flying pattern which is best described as similar to the rubber ball at the end of a paddleball string--a lot of up and down and very little lateral movement. In fact, I was able to use my hand, without actually touching it, to guide it toward a nearby landing spot. When settled, it is obvious where it gets its common name.

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