on the studio windowsill, another tiny perished insect
pale delicate wings, long long thin legs
so plain to the eye, beauty revealed via scanner
is it a type of fly?
August 19, 2014 in Nature, Photoworks by Marja-Leena
It’s that time of year here too: more spiders appearing everywhere, allsorts. And crane flies will be along soon with their long legs. This one of yours is not exactly like our crane flies / daddy longlegs, but might be the same general family. How elegant it still looks.
Yes, it’s like that here too, though we get moths all summer because our skylights and studio door do not have screens. That’s how this one came in. It’s not a crane fly which is very large, while this is about half a centimeter (1/4 inch). I’m thankful we get very few mosquitoes because we are close to the sea.
We get a lot of mosquitoes even though we,too,are close to the sea. But only in the backyard. We have a pretty efficient mosquito zapper that keeps them away,mostly. And for some reason they don’t bother us much but attack Mainlanders,mostly. No one knows why this is.
Oh, how interesting that you have so many mosquitoes even by the sea. Would the Mainland (is that the main island?) be warmer and more humid yet? Your climate is much warmer throughout the year whereas our winters get cold enough that the bugs aren’t around then. This summer has been very dry so I’ve hardly seen any.
According to wikipedia crane flies/daddy longlegs come in many types and sizes. This beautifully scanned little thing could be the remains of one.
I’m glad to say I haven’t lived anywhere that was also home to mosquitoes since I left Southern Ontario. How well I remember those nights when I couldn’t go to sleep simply because one was in the room.
Oh Susan, you may be right that it’s a smaller type of cranefly with those fragile wings and legs – thanks!
We grew up in Winnipeg and also spent a few years in northeast BC as well – both terrible for mosquitoes. Some parts of Finland too!
I can see gold, amber, onyx and jade and design for a tie clip for Prince George Alexander Louis.
Oh, that would be a most lovely tie clip for any prince, dear Ellena!
The colours are very rich, and the delicacy is striking. Yet I’m still slightly ambivalent about insects so close, though I often try to photograph them myself. I couldn’t hazard a guess what it is, there are so many, insects outnumber people or anything else I think, in terms of numbers and numbers of species. Someone once said God must have a great fondness for stars and beetles, as there are so many of them!
Lucy, I am also very ambivalent about insects and know they outnumber any other moving living things. I can be greatly annoyed by wasps wishing to share our outdoor meals and ants digging up everything and so on. Yet I love to look very closely at these tiny (dead of course) things and be awed by their design and beauty.
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