Tuesday, June 21, 2005
When I first saw this little critter from a distance, I did a double-take, because I thought I was looking at a small insect waving lobster-like claws around in the air. As I got closer I could see it was just a little fly (a walnut husk fly?) that had these peculiar black markings on its wings. It constantly moved its wings back and forth as it sat there, giving the illusion of "claws" waving back and forth, and the illusion that its tail was the front end. I suppose this would give pause to, say, a jumping spider sneaking up behind it... rather clever.