Nearly all crane flies look like giant mosquitoes. They have slender bodies, very long legs, and one pair of wings that are often held out at a 45-degree angle to the body. Just behind the wings, attached to the body, are two small, antennae-like appendages called halteres.
Not all crane flies rest with their wings held at 45-degree angles to the body. Sometimes they're held straight down the back. This female crane fly was photographed in April, clinging to the base of the natural bridge at Clifty Creek Conservation Area, just above the creek.
Deer flies (Chrysops spp.) are usually smaller than horse flies, and they often have spotted eyes and a dark-spotted pattern on the wings. As with other members of the fly family, they have only one pair of wings, short antennae, and large compound eyes.
A true lettuce that can be eaten as a cooked or salad green, Florida lettuce has lavender to purplish blue flowers and grows statewide. Here, a syrphid fly (a bee mimic) seeks nectar or pollen from its flowers.
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