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Crane fly

Nephrotoma appendiculata


Harmless insect looks like a large mosquito. Does not suck blood nor carries diseases


Visible are the "halteres", small knobbed structures modified from the hind wings. The word 'halter' comes from Greek ἁλτήρ, a double knobbed device used in Ancient Greece by athletes during training in jumping.

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1 Comment

Telse 7 years ago

Wow...what a beautiful Crane fly!. Ours are Grey.

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Δήμος Λαρισαίων, Περιφέρεια Θεσσαλίας, Greece

Spotted on Jul 11, 2013
Submitted on Jul 11, 2013

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