Great amateur video of phantom crane flies, which have very cool black and white legs. Phantom crane flies – Bittacomorphids of the Family Ptychopteridae – are found in North America; their maggot has an amazing extensible respiratory siphon, which means it can breathe under water (they generally live in mud or on the edges of streams). And the adults don’t have ocelli.

Here you can find out all you wanted to know about Ptychopteridae.

This article shows that 700 species of crane fly link S America and Australasia, revealing origins going back to the Permian.


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