Idiot creatures. What their purpose is, I have no idea; despite the nicknames Mosquito Hawk and ‘Skeeter Eater, they are as afraid of mosquitoes as they are everything else. Even their manner of flight is ugly, fluttering around in a panic like they have no navigational skills at all.
They are interesting up close, though. Look at those crazy mouth parts!
I’m fascinated with dead bugs. In life, they are to be zapped and swatted (some of them, and only in the house) (although crane flies kill themselves through stupidity), but once that’s done, what’s stopping me from admitting they’re beautiful? The strange lovely logic of nature.
(The defocused image was sort of hard to get; I mean, I’m right on top of the thing, so with that short depth of field and the insect’s pointiness, something or other kept creeping back into focus.)
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Crane Fly and Crane Fly Defocused, c. 2010
Lomographic Color 100
Pentax MX, Hoya 70-150mm 1:3.8 zoom on an extension tube
Interior natural available light, handheld