I like to think some of my photographs succeed for the technical skill and artistry I put into them. Others, it almost doesn't matter what I do. The subject itself is so compelling I just need to point the camera in the right direction and shoot. Such is the case with this Brazilian crane fly:

I can only speculate as to the function of the fly's leg-warmers. The structures might serve to signal to potential mates, or perhaps to confuse aerial predators. I rather doubt they were intended to attract naturalists and photographers, but they certainly work well in that capacity.

photo details:

Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 7D

ISO 200, f/13, 1/250 sec

diffuse off-camera twin flash