Friday, September 5, 2014

Don't Be Such A Bug



As I had mentioned earlier this week, Monday was a very slow day at the shop.

I was happy to have had the company of at least one determined and very
inquisitive creature who wasn't a 'bug' after all.








This insect does have a name.....it is a Crane Fly.
Here is more information about this Mosquito-looking insect:

Crane Flies (Tipulidae) are delicate insects varying in size from 1/4 inch to as large as 1 1/2 inches in length. The largest crane flies are sometimes called "daddy-long-legs", "gully nippers", or "mosquito hawks". They do not bite people and they do not eat mosquitoes. Some species of crane flies emerge from aquatic sources and others from terrestrial or decaying vegetation sources.

 Source: www.mosquito.com
















24 comments:

  1. What a day, to have a fly for companionship!! Hope you had lots of looking at the stunning views from your window to pass the time. Cheers, Jean. p.s. was it dead, or did it stay so still for a very long time??

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    1. This fella, Jean, was there for a while clinging to the screen-window....in fact there were a few of them that day and they stayed around for a while....probably thankful there was something to cling on and rest!

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  2. How beautiful. But too bad they don't eat mosquitos!

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    1. A real shame for sure, Mitchell. I guess they have better things to do.

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  3. I was going to say it looks like the skeeters we have on the prairies!

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    1. LOL! Debra, I think the same thing whenever I see these insects! I will never forget the size of the MOSQUITOES in Winnipeg!! We couldn't leave the car!!

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  4. Jim, you're a gentleman, i can tell 'cause you didn't get rid of them...you're a nice man

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    1. Hi Lorraine. No need to 'get of it' if it wasn't bothering anyone. Besides, it has a purpose like everything else.

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  5. This creeped me out, Jim! I didn't know this was a fly, and I'm not sure it doesn't bite people. I've always called it a BIG mosquito. I arrived home from NS covered in itchy mosquito bites and sleep deprived from constantly diving under the blankets on warm humid nights. Zzzzt! Zzzzt! How I hate the sound of persistent hungry mosquitos dive bombing me. Just when you think it's safe to come out from under the blankets, zzzzt zzzzt zzzzt! I'm glad that you had company for a slow day though. You are good at creating your own entertainment! Have a good one!

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    1. Oh Louise! You are such a 'city-girl'!! lol

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  6. They're great entertainment for cats when they get into the house.

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    1. I remember that, Pat! My cat Rita would have lots of fun with them.

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  7. You had 'good company' Jim.
    I like him .. great shots

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    1. Margie, he was a very interesting insect....see the two 'antennae' sticking out of his centre?

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  8. I think Daddy long legs are cute, spiders on the other hand... and don't get me started on the pest that is the mosquito!

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    1. These guys won't hurt anyone but I hear you about the other two!!

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  9. Good shots Jim, and I would have sworn that was a mosquito! Glad you clarified it! Bet your weather is cooling off some... still pretty hot in Texas!

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    1. It is cooling a bit but not too much Jeanne. I wish it would be cooler....enough of this humidity already! Hope things are well with you.

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  10. Great shots, Jim! I had no idea what this bug is. Found one in our home recently. I make it a point of capturing and releasing the bugs in my house. As the years go on, I can't bring myself to kill anything. And I try to catch them before the cats do. They eat whatever is unfortunate enough to be noticed by them!

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    1. I'm with you , Martha. How would we like if something came along and squished us?!

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  11. Now I know you wouldn't hurt a fly.

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    1. How could you tell, Terry!?
      I am always catching spiders in a jar in the house and taking them outside.....just what I do.

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  12. they would probably have a long life span if they didn't look so much like the dreaded mosquito.

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    1. I am sure you are right, Joanne! Something needs to change for them along their evolutionary span.

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