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Subject: Petite, with long legs, seeks same…
Location: Andover, NJ
October 12, 2016 3:55 pm
I am hoping you can help me narrow this down to a family. Pretty certain it’s a crane fly, although quite a bit smaller than what I’m accustomed to seeing. This one’s body was about 1/2-3/4 inch in length. I was only able to get one view of it before it took off. It had landed on some hostas, but our property is surrounded on 3 sides by woods (hickory, oak, maple, new growth).
Hope you help me out!
Signature: Deborah Bifulco

Crane Fly we believe

Crane Fly we believe

Dear Deborah,
We agree this is most likely a Crane Fly, and it reminds us of the members of the Liminid Crane Fly or Meadow Crane Fly family Limoniidae, though we didn’t find any images on BugGuide that look like your individual.  For now, we are posting it as unidentified and we will attempt to contact Dr. Chen Young who is a specialist in Crane Flies.

Thanks for getting back to me.  I, too, was thinking Limoniidae, but was also unable to find a match on BugGuide or elsewhere.  Hope your expert will be able to shed some light!
Kindly
Deborah

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Subject: Crane Fly?
Location: Indiana, USA
June 4, 2016 11:24 am
This appears to be a some form of Crane Fly on side of house, June 2016, but cannot ID.
Signature: Kurt

Possibly Tiger Crane Fly

Possibly Tiger Crane Fly

Dear Kurt,
This is one of the Large Crane Flies in the family Tipulidae, and we believe it resembles this Tiger Crane Fly,
Nephrotoma eucera , that is pictured on BugGuide.

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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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