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It is indeed a crane fly and there are >15000 species worldwide. Also see answers to this question: What is this insect?.
As a complement to Mattia Rovetta's answer, notice that this insect has only 2 wings, while insects typically have four. Like flies and mosquitoes, these are Diptera: the hind wings have evolved into a stucture called "Haltere", and one of these small halteres can be seen on your upper photo. The wikipedia page about halters is illustrated by a Crane Fly ...
This is Crane fly, of the Tipulidae family. They don't bite humans, adults feed on nectar. Larvae prefer moist environments such as wet soil or decomposing vegetable matter and can consume roots and vegetation, damaging plants. Among others, bats and some Coleoptera are its predators. Further informations can be found in the Wikipedia article linked above.
I am not an ornithologist, but using identify.whatbird.com and a simple google search, this appears to be a Muscovy Duck. Try a google image search for yourself! Some of the birds pictured have more ostentatiously red or larger caruncles, but some look very similar to the birds you photographed. For example: ...
It is indeed a Crane fly, superfamily Tipuloidea, which is part of two-winged insects (Diptera). There are >15000 species worldwide. Their systematics is somewhat uncertain (used to be a single family, now a superfamily). They are placed in the same suborder as mosquitoes (Nematocera). The adults feed on nectar or not at all (they do not prey on mosquitoes), ...
It looks like a pine to me. Might be close to Pinus pinaster but take into account that a) I'm not a botanist. b) I'm only familiar with pines that grow in my area (Catalonia).
Found it. It's a Sarcodes or snow plant: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarcodes
This is Mealworm beetle, Tenebrio molitor, a species of darkling beetle. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mealworm Thank you @terdon for help!
I am not an entomologist, I just happen to have worked on the genome of the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum and this looks very similar. A quick wikipedia search turned up the amusingly named "confused flour beetle", Tribolium confusa, which looks almost exactly like what you have photographed: So, I would guess (I stress that I don't really know) ...
This looks like some sort of ground squirrel. Especially in the second picture, the posture is very characteristic of squirrels in general. The tail also looks very squirrel-like to my eyes. My best guess, without better pictures, is the Striped Ground Squirrel (Xerus erythropus). See the images at: http://www.flickriver.com/photos/8834404@N02/2902284598/ ...
I live in Japan and here they are called "gejigeji". As mentioned, they are a member of the centipede family and are as creepy as hell. I live in a newly-built house, so thankfully there are no cockroaches, but every now and again one of these little blighters will scurry across my floor in my peripheral vision and scare the bejesus out of me. They are not ...
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