Crane Fly

It was remarkable to witness a few Crane Flies perform, what I am going to call, their "preparation for landing" maneuver. I was in a deep, dark, moist, cool, woodsy area (a great way to spend the day off from work and celebrate Earth Day). This insect caught my attention, and this happened a few times during this outing. It was violently shaking in place. It was not on a branch, or a leaf, instead it gave me the impression it was suspended in an area just below my knees and between some green plants. It seems like it was in a desperate struggle, trying to shake free, to escape from a spider's web maybe. It was shaking about, but also seemed anchored. Past experience has taught me to watch for a spider to come climbing into view at such moments, to get its prey under control. Then the Crane Fly stopped, suddenly, it was still, and its long legs were reached out in multiple directions, and I was left wondering what I just saw. I snapped some photos of the few times I saw this. I theorized, this insect with incredibly long legs, in a confined space, with its technique for hanging in a certain way, that its hoovering, in a wild, midair dance, might really be its way of analyzing the surroundings to find six points of contact that will allow it to be a perfect hanging forest ornament.

This experience has evoked a desire to get a better understanding of this creature. I may try to video one doing this "preparation for landing" on a camcorder I have that allows for fast action to be recorded at a high level of frames per second, so that when it is played back, it delivers smooth slow motion. It is nice to make new friends in the forest.

Posted by arthur-windsor arthur-windsor, April 27, 2020 09:25

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arthur-windsor

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April 22, 2020 04:20 PM EDT

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Fort Drum WMA, Indian River County, FL

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arthur-windsor

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April 22, 2020 04:33 PM EDT

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Fort Drum WMA, Indian River County, FL

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