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Subject: Dragon fly like insect
Location: Campobello Island, NB, Canada
August 24, 2015 2:17 pm
I found that little thing on the kitchen counter. Looks somewhat like a dragon fly. Was waiving it’s legs in the air as if saying hello.
Nearly invisible as it flew away outside.
Black and white legs.
Signature: Bea

Phantom Crane Fly

Phantom Crane Fly

Dear Bea,
Because of its dramatically striped legs, the Phantom Crane Fly seems to appear and disappear as it flies through the dappled lighting that characterizes its typical habitat.

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Subject: not a crane fly?
Location: Rockland, Ontario
August 24, 2015 3:33 pm
Hi, my uncle lives in Rockland Ontario and we found tyis large mosquito looking bug. Beautiful but i cant identify it.
Signature: Chris Brabant

Giant Eastern Crane Fly

Giant Eastern Crane Fly

Dear Chris,
This is certainly a Crane Fly, more specifically, a Giant Eastern Crane Fly,
Pedicia albivitta, which is profiled on BugGuide where it states:  “This species is one of the largest in northeastern United States and Canada.”

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Subject: What’s going on here?
Location: SW Virginia
July 31, 2015 10:39 am
What is this interesting insect? We spotted it in a flower pot and filmed it emerging from a caterpillar or pupa. (See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6hoz8cytRU). It’s about an inch long. Thanks!
Signature: Curious

Metamorphosis of a Crane Fly

Metamorphosis of a Crane Fly

Dear Curious,
Your images of the metamorphosis of a Crane Fly in the family Tipulidae are a very exciting addition to our archives.  Crane Flies do not bite despite their resemblance to giant Mosquitoes.

Newly emerged Crane Fly

Newly emerged Crane Fly

 

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Illinois
July 29, 2015 8:41 am
This bug literally flew onto my patio door right as I was about to let my dog out. Noticing the weird thing, i had to stop and take pictures. It looks like it almost is a conjoined twin? I have no idea what it could be, either.
Signature: Hayley P

Mating Crane Flies

Mating Crane Flies

Dear Hayley,
While this may look like conjoined twins, it is actually a pair of Crane Flies in flagrante delicto.  Mating Crane Flies are not the only insects that are able to fly while in the act, but their gangly appearance with their long legs makes them an especially memorable sighting.

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Subject: Dragon fly or Crane Fly?
Location: Denton, MD
July 4, 2015 5:17 pm
After a short rainfall, this guy was bouncing around our door. We do have a garden pond and a river 2streets over. Never seen one with black & whitesteipes legs before.
Signature: Leslie

Phantom Crane Fly

Phantom Crane Fly

Dear Leslie,
Your Phantom Crane Fly image is quite nice.  The bold markings cause the Phantom Crane Fly to appear and disappear when flying through dappled light.  Your image is a nice example of Compartmentalized Space.

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Subject: What’s this flying bug?
Location: Wales
June 11, 2015 8:26 am
This flew into my house the other day and I’m stumped at what it is. It looks like a wasp/mosquito flying thing.
Signature: Inglebee

Crane Fly

Crane Fly

Dear Inglebee,
We believe we have correctly identified your Crane Fly as
Nephrotoma crocata, thanks to an image on the Alamy stock photo site, an identification we then verified on both Diptera Info and iSpot using the Natural History Museum’s UK Species Inventory.  Crane Flies are harmless and they do not sting.

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