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Subject: Weird bug!!
Location: NS, Canada
June 4, 2016 10:55 am
It flies in the weirdest way – hovers? Nothing like I’ve seen before!
Signature: Chelsea

Phantom Crane Fly

Phantom Crane Fly

Dear Chelsea,
The black and white markings of the Phantom Crane Fly allow it to appear and disappear as it languidly flies in sun dappled shade, hence the common name Phantom Crane Fly.  This is the second image we posted of this species today, and the previous posting was the first report we have received of the species this year.

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Subject: Beautiful black and white 6 legger
Location: N.Carolina
June 2, 2016 8:06 am
A friend in N.Carolina asked me if I could figure out who this guy is and I am having no luck. Isn’t he beautiful?
Signature: Eileen

Phantom Crane Fly

Phantom Crane Fly

Dear Eileen,
This delicate insect is a Phantom Crane Fly.

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Subject: Hornet?
Location: Holt, Michigan
May 28, 2016 5:35 pm
Found in mid-Michigan in a wood pile. He was disoriented and walking in the grass, and let us move him without any issue. Looks like it has a very large stinger.
Signature: Melissa

Crane Fly

Crane Fly

Dear Melissa,
We believe we have correctly identified this female Crane Fly as
Tanyptera dorsalis, formerly Ctenophora dorsalis, thanks to images posted to BugGuide where it states:  “larvae live in decaying wood of recently dead deciduous hardwood trees, often in prostrate trunks that are fairly sound.”  This BugGuide image illustrates the female ovipositing using her egg-laying organ that you have mistaken for a stinger.  The coloring and shape of this Crane Fly likely provides the species with some protection as it seems to mimic the markings on many stinging wasps.

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Subject: Strange long legged fly
Location: Fenton, MI
May 29, 2016 7:08 am
My kids found this bug and would love to know what it is!
Signature: Robert Fravel

Male Giant Crane Fly

Male Giant Crane Fly

Dear Robert,
Based on this BugGuide image, we are relatively confident this is a male Giant Crane Fly,
Tipula abdominalis.  According to BugGuide:  “adults fly from May to October.”

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Subject: Fly on door
Location: Near hedgesville wv
May 29, 2016 8:41 am
Just curious what kind of insect this is.
Signature: Chuck Becker

Crane Fly

Crane Fly

Dear Chuck,
This is a Crane Fly in the Infraorder Tipulomorpha.  We are not certain of the species.  Crane Flies are harmless.

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Subject: Ctenophora (Cnemoncosis) ishiharai in Barcelona?
Location: Barcelona
May 16, 2016 3:42 pm
Hi from Barcelona :)
I’m a little confused since I realised this crane fly may be a japanese Ctenophora (Cnemoncosis) ishiharai.
May be it possible? I’m doubting with abdomen and wings.
Thank you Bugman 😀
Signature: Óscar

Crane Fly

Crane Fly

Hi Oscar,
In our opinion, you have the genus correct but the species wrong.  This looks to us like like a male Ctenophora ornata that we identified on Alamy and verified on Eakring Birds.  Only males have feathered antennae, and females have an ovipositor.

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