Cranefly Airlines
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.
exif
MakeCanon
ModelCanon EOS 5D Mark II
SoftwareAdobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.6 (Macintosh)
Exposure0.005 sec (1/200)
ISO Speed400
FlashOn, Fired
 
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  • johnhallmen says:
    The arced sabre-shaped abdomen of the female cranefly. Close up of the cranefly with its abdomen deeply burrowed in a crevice in the log. A closer view of the hitch-hiker: Pselaphochernes scorpioides, 2 mm Note the long bright bristle on the rear tarsi! A defining character for this species in Sweden. Below is another example of a phoretic (hitch-hiking) pseudoscorpion, posted last year. A Chelifer cancroides on a Rhagium inquisitor The Hitchhiker's Ride... And for another selection of pseudoscorpions see this post with comments:
    Posted on: September 28, 2013
  • Tea in Europe says:
    Wow, stunning shot !
    Posted on: September 28, 2013
  • E. Bengtsson says:
    Great capture!
    Posted on: September 28, 2013
  • Ⓑⓔⓐ says:
    I'm confused about the tags... If it is an insect, how can it be an arachnid? Great capture, btw. :)
    Posted on: September 28, 2013
  • johnhallmen says:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/beatriz_molina] well, it's very simple, the image contains one of each :)
    Posted on: September 28, 2013
  • Ⓑⓔⓐ says:
    LOL. Ok..... I'm a bit dumb, lol! Thanks. ;) And the rest of the series are really great!!!!
    Posted on: September 28, 2013
  • hsf100 says:
    Amazing capture of an insect and an arachnid. ~ Commented with Flickr Studio for iPad.
    Posted on: September 28, 2013
  • dragonflydreams88 says:
    . . . wonderful capture!!! . . . incredible series!!!
    Posted on: September 28, 2013
  • jialiar says:
    beautiful work, john...and what an intriguing insect.
    Posted on: September 28, 2013
  • Sigurd Ruschkowski says:
    Amazing shot, John. One of your best ones!
    Posted on: September 28, 2013
  • o coeur de la photo says:
    incroyable macro. félicitation
    Posted on: September 28, 2013
  • andybadger says:
    Wow! Just superb.
    Posted on: September 28, 2013
  • Rob Blanken (www.rbblphotography.com) says:
    Very interesting macro, just the right moment.
    Posted on: September 28, 2013
  • gatorlink says:
    Wow, this is a strong claim, but this may be one of your best ever. Lots of interesting things going on in this shot.
    Posted on: September 28, 2013
  • www.naturfokussiert.de says:
    Wow, one of your best, John. The pseudoscorpion is amazing!
    Posted on: September 28, 2013
  • J e n s says:
    Amazing, piggyback passenger! The colours of the cranefly are outworldly! I've never seen one that beautiful!
    Posted on: September 28, 2013
  • Tootallval says:
    Holy cow...interesting looking insect! Great close-up!
    Posted on: September 29, 2013
  • fbc57 says:
    Wow!! Those are really amazing macro shots. Very interesting subjects. Thank you for the lessons too.
    Posted on: September 29, 2013
  • ChristinaLEvans says:
    Mind-blowing macro. Wonderful.
    Posted on: September 29, 2013
  • StephAnna :-) says:
    Mind blowing
    Posted on: September 29, 2013
  • Max Daniël says:
    amazing
    Posted on: September 29, 2013
  • patrick bibby says:
    Stunning macro
    Posted on: September 29, 2013
  • bony64 says:
    étrange créature !!! superbe
    Posted on: September 29, 2013
  • Eddie The Bugman says:
    Wonderful, I have a real interest in Pseudoscorpions and have found at least 4 species in the UK so far, but would love to find some of these phoretic species on an insect :o)
    Posted on: September 29, 2013
  • Sigurd Ruschkowski says:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/gatorlinked] Yes, a strong claim, but this one really caught my eye having looked at 100s if not 1000s of stacked-photos all over Flickr. Not sure this is even stacked... Maybe I am biased also being a Swede and a member of John´s & Stanislav´s great macro forum.
    Posted on: September 29, 2013
  • Huub H says:
    Awesome.
    Posted on: September 29, 2013
  • Jesper Lassen says:
    What a great capture of a great find!
    Posted on: September 29, 2013
  • Wizmatt says:
    Wow what a find! Super shot.
    Posted on: September 29, 2013
  • Wings and Things says:
    Amazing post John.
    Posted on: September 30, 2013
  • Eskaramanga says:
    Brutal!! Saludos!
    Posted on: September 30, 2013
  • wdeck says:
    Looks like an alien starship
    Posted on: September 30, 2013
  • Glenn van Windt says:
    Amazing capture !!
    Posted on: September 30, 2013
  • maldiesmaldas.de says:
    Absolutely amazing
    Posted on: October 1, 2013
  • Raul_Garcia says:
    awesome!!!
    Posted on: October 2, 2013
  • Vitalis Gerin says:
    Superb. Stunning detail, great capture. Thanks for sharing.
    Posted on: October 3, 2013
  • masaco2012 says:
    I also thought the scorpion. ^^;
    Posted on: October 5, 2013
  • Toni Leiva says:
    Magnífico trabajo. Felicidades.
    Posted on: October 6, 2013
  • Reverse-Macro says:
    Great and nice tone
    Posted on: October 7, 2013
  • susanto_ng says:
    fantastic
    Posted on: October 12, 2013
  • Thomas D. McManus says:
    Great photos that you are taking.
    Posted on: October 22, 2013
  • tereliyesajjan says:
    great macro colors & details with the pseudoscopion gripping its leg.Thanks for sharing
    Posted on: October 28, 2013
  • manszar says:
    such a wonderful image, great work
    Posted on: November 14, 2013
  • svetcontact says:
    What a perfect shot!
    Posted on: December 8, 2013
  • billnord1952 says:
    Fantastic!
    Posted on: December 8, 2013
  • Pauls Photograhy says:
    wonderful details
    Posted on: December 27, 2013

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