Fooled you! It only looks like a giant mosquito! 🙂
Turns out it is a female Crane Fly – totally harmless. They don’t even bite! (And, coming off my recent yellow-jacket-sting-to-the-palm, trust me, that is very good thing!)
I came upon her while trying to fish a live frog out of the pool (I wasn’t successful as the wily amphibian kept diving to the depths to elude my net) and came eye-to-eye with the largest fly I’d ever seen.
Truth be told, at the time I had no idea what mystery beast was staring back at me. No matter. As far as I’m concerned, ‘Shoot first, research later’ is a fine motto to photograph by.
I just thought it was just so darn cool. I mean, seriously, just look at those fabulous iridescent wings!
I guess someone has to give all those pretty butterflies and moths a run for their money! 🙂