A beautiful cranefly!

This female’s wood-boring tool does look intimidating, but she only uses it to get eggs into wood. This species of cranefly, Ctenophora pectinicornis, spends most of its life as a grub in rotting wood.

Species dependent on deadwood are termed ‘saproxylic’. Another example of a cool insect that relies on deadwood resource is the Rhinoceros Beetle.

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