A Scorpion Fly (Three Photographs)
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I had never seen a scorpion fly before but it seems they are very common. I was taken by the interesting colors and patterns of this creature as well as its snout, which gives it an odd appearance. Apparently they have an elaborate mating ritual in which the male is selected by the gifts he brings his potential mate, usually food. I used Lumenzia on this to get a touch darker leaf; it worked very well. There has been a lot of mention of luminosity masks in the comments on my blog and I have tried many solutions before buying the Lumenzia add-in for Photoshop. Very pleased with my first attempt and we will see how it goes from here. Also thanks to Bugguide.net for identifying this insect for me.