Live to die

That’s right. For crane flies, their purpose of getting into adult stage is to mate, hatch eggs and die afterwards. Most adults do not eat, or eat nectars. With more than 15,000 species worldwide, it’s a bit surprising that we do not get to see them everyday, but then again, they like moist environment, definitely not in our homes.

This particular one was found when I was setting up a tropical rainforest nature walk. It was resting on an arboreal termite nest.

I needed to use manual focus as even with spot focus it was difficult to get a sharp image. Flash use on the first frame was set down by 1 stop as it was too close to use full power.

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