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Crane Fly

Tipula paludosa


Also known as "Daddy Longlegs ". Fortunately, these "giant mosquitos" are not bloodsuckers. The vestigal hindwings ("halteres") can be clearly seen in this image. These antenna-like sensory organs help the oddly-proportioned fly to maintan its balance in flight.

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Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada

Spotted on Sep 6, 2011
Submitted on Sep 6, 2011

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