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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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Subject: Unknown insect
Location: Ronald Twp, Ionia Cnty, Michigan
June 5, 2015 5:40 pm
We live on a small lake , located in the center part of Michigan.
Can you help me with this incects identification.
I have attached photo.
Signature: Terry Mcpherson

Phantom Crane Fly

Phantom Crane Fly

Dear Terry,
This amazing creature is a harmless Phantom Crane Fly,
Bittacomorpha clavipes.  We will be postdating your submission to go live next week while we are away from the office.

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Subject: mosquito hawk or other?
Location: Blacksburg VA
May 15, 2015 9:50 am
This is the notorious bug we’ve all been talking about! The debate is, “Does it sting?” I would say from my experience “yes”. I cupped it in my hand to place outside and Whammy! It got me. I have to admit the mosquito hawk and the wasp type bug look very similar. So that could be a contributing factor in this hub bub of ” to sing or not to sting”
Signature: Wendy g

Crane Fly

Crane Fly

Dear Wendy,
Thanks for submitting an image of a Crane Fly, the subject to much debate in our comment section regarding stinging.  According to all reputable information we have found, including the input from Dr. Chen Young, an expert in Crane Flies, they do not sting.  Dr. Chen Young commented:  “Here is the link and in the Introduction there is statement in the first paragraph that indicates crane flies are harmless. “They are often mistaken for mosquitoes, but they belong to a group of harmless flies.” http://iz.carnegiemnh.org/cranefly/introduction.htm#Introduction
We continue to stand by that position and we will continue to allow our readership to debate the issue in our comment section of postings, but we prefer to provide no additional What’s That Bug? feedback regarding the matter.  According to Washington State University:  “Adult crane flies do not damage your lawn, nor do they bite or sting. They are harmless.”

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