"Hey Andrea! We’ve had a few nice summer nights lately here in Germany. I went outside for some bug-huntin’ yesterday, when I came across this magnificent crane fly! I believe it’s a male Ctenophora ornata, a species endemic only in the western palearctic ecozone. “-mister-mind
WOW!  I am glad you didn’t ask me for an ID, because I was so convinced by this wasp mimic, and was thrown off course by those antennae that it really confused me! The only thing really tipping me off that was a Crane Fly were the halteres which are slightly visible in your lovely photo.  What a pretty animal.  Thank you for sharing.  I will be sharing this with CSUN’s resident entomologist because he is a crane fly expert,and may be able to confirm your ID.

"Hey Andrea! We’ve had a few nice summer nights lately here in Germany. I went outside for some bug-huntin’ yesterday, when I came across this magnificent crane fly! I believe it’s a male Ctenophora ornata, a species endemic only in the western palearctic ecozone. “-mister-mind

WOW!  I am glad you didn’t ask me for an ID, because I was so convinced by this wasp mimic, and was thrown off course by those antennae that it really confused me! The only thing really tipping me off that was a Crane Fly were the halteres which are slightly visible in your lovely photo.  What a pretty animal.  Thank you for sharing.  I will be sharing this with CSUN’s resident entomologist because he is a crane fly expert,and may be able to confirm your ID.

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