I thought I’d go with an unusual angle for today – this insect was clinging to the outside of the window this morning, posing perfectly for a photo. The only trouble is that I’ve obviously only seen the underside of the insect, and most identification photos are taken from the top!
Just going on the general shape and the legs, I’m pretty sure this is a Crane Fly and according to the UK Safari site, the females have what looks like a stinger (but is actually for laying eggs rather than stinging!) on the end of the abdomen – so this one is most likely female.
Despite most people viewing a “Daddy Long Legs” as a spider, it is in fact a Crane Fly – we had an in depth discussion in work about that, when we found a Crane Fly on the wall in the staff room. While someone was catching it to release it outside, there was a heated debate about what it really was called. We never did come to an agreement!