Tuesday, August 24, 2010
They'll Need A Crane
I like the TMBG song, They'll Need A Crane, but with regard to this picture, it's only titular.
I think crane flies are really neat. If Tolkien were adapted to play to an all-fly audience, I think the elves would be played by crane flies.
The little clubs beneath the wings are halteres. As I understand it, they are balancing and stabilizing rudimentary hind wings. If instead the forewings were the rudimentary pair, we'd have to call flies "halter tops."
Did I mention I've been on a stream of consciousness kick lately?