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Bouncing Crane Fly

A few days ago I saw this crane fly 'bouncing' along a path in the Wilderness.  It had rained heavily the previous day and the path was soft and muddy.  The fly would repeatedly touch down in the mud, immediately fly up a few centimetres and then drop down, repeating this over and over again.  I presume it was laying eggs in the mud.  Every now and again it would stop and rest on the path a few seconds, before starting off 'bouncing' again.

A female Nephrotoma sp (Diptera: Tipulidae).

Photo taken in the Wilderness, Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2011-08-19.

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