Crane Flies Have Interesting Mouths

I found this crane fly in a flower bed, about to be disturbed by a smaller fly climbing the stem below it. The smaller fly decided to leave quickly.



The structure of its body is really amazing, and (according to a brief internet search) one of a very wide variety of possible colorings and textures. This one looks like a cross between a crab and a turtle.


The borrowed lens I’m using is relatively new to me, and this is the first time I’ve had enough luck and magnification to capture compound eyes.


I also tried for an obsessive number of times to capture the mouthparts, which seem to be designed for grabbing prey — presumably in flight.