Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Early Morning Greeter
When I visit the back garden before the sun has crested the house or the RV and the cool night shades still linger among the hairy rudbeckia and borage leaves, I am greeted by this crane fly that startles up from his resting place closer to the soil. Down there the shadows and cool last longest and I've disturbed the repose of this fly that we associate closer with the damp of spring.
A male crane fly can only be seeking one thing other than cool shade and that would be a female to mate with; unless he already has and therefore would be waiting to expire among the rank summer foliage. This looks like one of the Tipula crane flies, maybe T. paludosa.