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Aug 10, 2013 12:17 PM

fairy cranefly?

I really don't know what this is, but I think of it as a fairy cranefly.

A proper ID would be much appreciated, thanks!


Location: SW Cyprus.

Date: mid-Jul1013

Scale: each filiamentous hind wing is almost exactly 50mm long; wingspan ~32mm.


When it flies, it dances very gracefully, almost floating/hovering - very fairy-like.

It seemed to be only mildly atracted to my garden lights (which attract moths well). It moved to another one when I disturbed it, then floated off towards the darkness, staying briefly on grass stems en-route (photos). Then it was gone.

On another night (12jul13), another specimen was much more keen on the light.


Also, what about the white blobs on its hind 'wings'?...

The first specimen (all photos here) shows these blobs, and the left-hand blob has a dark object on it (perhaps a mite?)

The second specimen had no blobs on its hind 'wings'.

It seems likely that these blobs are either:

- a real part of the animal, and maybe present in one sex but not the other;

- an attachment, perhaps parasitic, due to something like a mite (it is also possible that the mite-like creature might not be related to the white blobs)


Thanks for your consideration.




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