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Wednesday, November 15, 2006


I caught this crane fly (probably nephrotoma wulpiana) aggressively loafing around on a recent unseasonably warm day. This would give new meaning to the expression stop and smell the flowers if I were sure these flies actually do smell flowers. Most adult crane flies don't eat anything, while some are thought to feed (or have been observed feeding) on nectar. If n. wulpiana is a nectar feeder, it's probable it smells flowers to some extent. If not, it's not.

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