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Wasp-mimic Cranefly May, 2016.<br />
Area of woodlands in Lubbeek, Belgium. Belgium,Ctenophora flaveolata,Geotagged,Spring,Wasp-mimic Crane Fly Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Wasp-mimic Cranefly

May, 2016.
Area of woodlands in Lubbeek, Belgium.

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Is a species of crane fly, thus sharing a resemblance with mosquitoes. The body is long and thin measuring between 15 mm to 25 mm. Crane flies possess two tiny stemmed protrusions on the thorax called halteres which are used for balance. The last segment of the abdomen in the females is modified into a harmless ovipositor that looks like a stinger used to deposit eggs. In the case of C. flaveolata the abdomen displays five or six yellow bands, each one on posterior edge of a black abdominal tergite.

Similar species: True Flies
Species identified by Patomarazul
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Uploaded Aug 12, 2017. Captured Apr 1, 2016 12:45 in Gellenberg 21, 3210 Lubbeek, Belgium.
  • SP-820UZ
  • f/4.5
  • 1/250s
  • ISO80
  • 5.7mm