Giant sabre comb horn cranefly, <i>Tanyptera atrata</i> with phoretic (hitch-hiking) pseudoscorpion, <i>Pselaphochernes scorpioides</i>. This cranefly really had me fooled – it effectively mimics a large ichneumonid wasp! It was moving quite fast and the first time I noticed it I simply failed to get a decent capture of it. I had just about finished my cursing for scaring it away when it returned. This time I was more careful and managed to get a few focused shots of it. I immediately noticed the pseudoscorpion clinging to its front leg and when it was about to take off the second time I managed to catch it with a net. The pseudoscorpion released its grip immediately so I decided to let the cranefly free so as not to disturb it more than necessary – it was obviously in the process of laying eggs. The pseudoscorpion however, I brought with me since my friend <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/59784391@N08">Stanislav Snäll</a> happens to be an expert in Swedish Pseudoscorpionida. Not surprisingly Stanislav quickly identified it and it turned out to be a relatively common species. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnhallmen/9985745394/comment72157635984633525">See the first comment for some related images!</a> Single, handheld exposure in mixed light (diffused flash + natural light) with Canon 5DmkII + Olympus Zuiko Macro 80/4 on Olympus telecsopic extension tube.
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