09.25.2018 Small Surprises

A few days ago, while looking for some small orchids in North Quabbin, I came across this rotting pine stump covered with tiny mushrooms.

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It’s just an iPhone shot and didn’t get all the color as you’ll see. I went back yesterday because I felt they deserved a little more study. But I got a bonus when I settled on a composition as it held this small Cranefly ( Limonia triocellata) overnighting on theย Pinewood Gingertail (Xeromphalina campanella) cluster.

If you look closely you will notice it has lovely blue eyes although the one on the right is somewhat obscured by a blurry leg.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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32 Responses to 09.25.2018 Small Surprises

  1. Gallivanta says:

    OH MY, what a gem is the Cranefly. The colours in the second photo are beautiful.

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  2. That is such an elegant insect, isn’t it? I love the composition in both but you’re right, the color in the second is richer. I’m glad you went back!

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  3. Lovely! Definitely worth the trip back!

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  4. Macro at it’s best great work Steve !!

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  5. Woo hoo for that swell swarm of mushrooms and the cranefly as a bonus.

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  6. Both of these are Wonderful Shots! The cranefly is a bit spidery-looking, but you’re right, the eyes are a nice blue color, and the wings have a great Art Deco look

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  7. Val says:

    When in their presence, Crane flies give me the creeps (it’s the last remnant of a phobia of insects and spiders… one day I may get over this, too) but I can see how pretty this one is – for its wings and face and those blue bits. I just… urgh… don’t like the legs!

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  8. shoreacres says:

    Cranefly! That’s the insect I was trying to think of when I brought up mayfly as a possibility for the insect scared up by the snake. This one is beautiful. I had no idea they had such lovely patterns and colors. It almost looks as though made from glass. Actually, the pattern on those wings looks like it could be Tiffany or some such — lovely art deco arches.

    I confused myself all over again about Daddy Long Legs. In fact, what I’ve always called by that name isn’t the cranefly or the spider, but the harvestman. Three creatures, three genera: one common name. No wonder we get confused. The first time I wandered around a corner and found a huge ball of the harvestmen pulsating, I might have destroyed them, had not a more experienced person intervened (that is: shrieked, “LEAVE THOSE ALONE!!!)

    The little mushrooms are beautiful, too. Even in the first photo, I like the combination of brown and green. With all the rain we’ve had, there surely must be something besides plain lawn mushrooms sprouting. I need to find some dead wood somewhere.

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    • I am confident that you will find some mushroom elsewhere, especially if you have some old woods with toppled trees.
      Yes, their wings are quite distinctive and, in some cases, definitive of a species. Simple yet beautiful and very much Art Deco. Who knows, maybe cranefly wings were the inspiration for the art.
      Thank goodness you were advised to spare the Harvestmen and women. I shudder when I think of the unnecessary devastation I caused when a child.
      Did you notice that this pine stump was “nurse-logging” a possible replacement?

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  9. This one REALLY appeals to me. Elements and composition are just superb.

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  10. Incredible group of so many little mushrooms. I have never seen anything like it. What a great find.

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  11. bluebrightly says:

    Wow, what a super image of that cranefly on the mushrooms. Just wonderful. Do you know what the appendages towards the middle of the insect are? And I’m curious if you can tell me about the aperture and shutter speed. Handheld??

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    • Those are called halteres and most, if not all, flies have them. They aid in balance as they fly and I read that they may also play a part in climbing and walking upside down.
      The image was made at f/11 and 30 seconds, ISO 100 with my 180. It was pretty dim that early in the woods. So, of course, this was tripod mounted. It is very rare that I shoot handheld. I’m pretty shaky.


      • bluebrightly says:

        Halteres – I had no idea. Thank you! And thanks for the camera information. I have never had the patience for a tripod, but I do very much admire the work and skill that go into images like this one. There are times I’d like to have the whole field in focus in a close-up, but chances are that, hand-held, even with good image stabilization, it’s’s not going to happen. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Many of the insect shots I’ve posted, not the cranefly however, have been handheld with a flash on the 40D with a 100 macro. I also did a pair of beavers once. After I got a shot or two, it became apparent they were comfortable with me so I mounted on a tripod. And, of course, all the images that come from the iPhone are handheld although I think there are tripod mounts for phones.

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