Tipula sp. head extreme macro, Heesch, Netherlands
A few weeks ago, a burst of adult Crane flies appeared in our garden. Out of the blue, we found them everywhere, by the dozens. In their adult phase, they only live for a few days, and most species cannot even feed at this point. Terrible pilots that they are, many were found dead or stuck in cog webs. So I repurposed a spider's meal for this photo.
Due to being close to defenseless in their adult stage, most Tipula species look as unremarkable as they can, in terms of color. The mouth parts (rostrum and palpus) looks sizable in this photo, yet seems to have no purpose in most Tipula species. They can't bite or feed with it.
As for the "making of", this one uses a tunnel diffuser, as explained in my previous post:
The particular challenge for this subject are the antennae. Long antennae add a lot of depth to a scene if you want to have them in focus end-to-end. Whereas the spider example is a 40 stack image, this one is 230 images, and that's entirely due to the antennae.
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