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Phantom Crane Fly

Phantom Crane Fly

Subject: Fredericton
Location: Bar Harbor, Maine
October 8, 2014 1:16 pm
Sailing along in the north end of Frenchmans Bay (Bar Harbor) in Maine last week, we met this beautiful flying insect. I see that others have already identified it as a phantom crane fly, but I thought the photo I got of it would be of some use and enjoyment. It landed on our wire rigging and stayed for about an hour. The large thorax looks like a backpack. Note the thin, feathery antennae.
Signature: David Coombs

Hi Dave,
The Phantom Crane Fly is surely an ethereal creature.  Thanks for sending us your images.

Phantom Crane Fly

Phantom Crane Fly

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Subject: Insect identification
Location: Warren County, NJ
September 21, 2014 4:11 pm
Hey Bugman,
I saw this interesting character on my front window in western New Jersey.
I’m curious as to what it is.
Thanks!
Signature: Jojo

Giant Crane Fly

Giant Crane Fly

Hi Jojo,
We posted another image of a Giant Crane Fly earlier today.  Giant Crane Flies are attracted to lights.

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Subject: thought it was a huge crane fly at first glance
Location: New York/Connecticut Border
September 21, 2014 6:58 pm
… but then I realized it was a bit different. it’s wings are swept back fully and it appears to have a sharper tail than most. also absent are the nubbins of secondary wings on the crane fly.
spotted on my car in southern NY state (Purdy’s, NY) this last Saturday. had driven from nearby Connecticut but I am pretty sure it landed on my car after having parked for dinner. I’d estimate he was almost 3 inches long from front legs to rear legs.
Signature: Eric R.

from perusing your site a bit more I see it is most likely is a giant crane fly. great site, will definitely refer to it in the future!

Giant Crane Fly

Giant Crane Fly

Dear Eric,
In comparing your image to images on BugGuide, we agree with your identification of a Giant Crane Fly,
Tipula abdominalis.

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Subject: African jewelery-like bug
Location: becket, ma
August 27, 2014 10:41 am
Hi there! Awesome website, excited that I can possibly learn the name of this bug. It’s sitting on someone’s finger.
Signature: katy

Giant Crane Fly

Giant Eastern Crane Fly

Dear Katy,
The pattern on the wings and body of this Giant Eastern Crane Fly does look vaguely African.

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Subject: Identifying wasp-like insect
Location: North East England
August 15, 2014 4:39 am
Hello there, I spotted a strange bug in my kitchen earlier today and took some pictures of it before I let it go out into my back garden. I was wondering if you could help me on the front of identifying it, as I’ve not seen anything like it before and I’m intrigued (I’m a biology student, so it has really got me wondering!). I live in the North East of England. Thank you in advance for any help!
Signature: Ryan Simmons

Crane Fly

Crane Fly

Dear Ryan,
If you look closely, you will see that this insect has only one pair of wings, indicating that it is a fly and not a wasp.  It is a Crane Fly in the family Tipulidae.  It looks very similar to this
Ctenophora pectinicornis that is posted on this Dutch website.  Some Crane Flies are attracted to lights, which might explain why it was in your kitchen.

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Subject: mosquito or some stinger?
Location: Switzerland
August 10, 2014 1:20 pm
Hi, should I be worried about this flying around my daughter’s room?
Signature: Cathy

Crane Fly

Crane Fly

Dear Cathy,
This is a Crane Fly, and it is perfectly harmless. In an attempt to identify the species, we found this FlickR image from Portugal identified as
 Nephrotoma crocata luteata, and it looks very similar to your image, though your image is quite blurry.  This image of Nephrotoma quadrifaria from France on Superstock looks even closer. We also located this image of Nephrotoma crocata from France on iGoTerra.

Wow, that’s it! Thank you so much! :-D

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