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Subject: What is this bug
Location: Berkshire
April 8, 2014 2:02 am
I have hundreds of these bugs on my driveway, getting more each day
Signature: Sam Rutter

Leather Jackets

Leather Jackets

Dear Sam,
You have Leatherjackets, the larvae of Crane Flies.  They often become noticeable after a rain.  Getty Images has an image of a Leatherjacket that is identified as
Tipula padulosa.  According to The Garden Safari:  “The larvae, which may be up to 4 centimeters, are called leatherjackets. They are responsible for quite some damage in a lawn because it eats the roots of grass. And the lawn is most effected at times it is most vulnerable which is in winter. The larvae of the European Crane Fly are extremely able to sustain winter conditions and remain active even in spite of severe freezing temperatures. The adults are absolutely harmless as they don’t eat anything at all. This species is common all over Western Europe. It has also invaded the United States, where it is considered a real pest.”

Leatherjacket

Leatherjacket

   

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Subject: what is this
Location: uk
January 6, 2014 2:03 am
Hi I get these all over my patio and patio door what are they? Especially when it rains they are everywhere
Signature: Thanks

Crane Fly Larvae

Leatherjackets

We believe these are terrestrial Crane Fly Larvae or Leatherjackets, and your comment about them emerging after a rain is very consistent with their habits.  Here is a Getty Images file of a Leatherjacket from the UK identified as Tipula padulosa.  Lawn Science has an image and a video of Leatherjackets.

Leatherjacket

Leatherjacket

Hi
thankyou so much ive been going crazy!! How do I get rid of them please?
Regards
Lauren Maidment

Hi Lauren,
We do not provide extermination advice.

 

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Subject: What kind of bug is this?
Location: Malaysia
December 10, 2013 3:38 am
I found this weird-looking insect during my holiday in Malaysia. What is this? I think, this is possibly a type of mosquito.
Signature: Lanzz

What's That Bug???

Possibly Crane Fly

Dear Lanzz,
We have no idea what this insect is, but we do not believe it is a Mosquito.  Our best guess is a Crane Fly, but it is a very unusual Crane Fly.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to supply a comment with an answer.  We apologize, but our allotted time for research has expired and we have to head for work to give a final examination.

Erwin provides an interpretation
Subject: unknown Malaysian insect
December 11, 2013 3:12 am
Hi,
I would like to give an interpretation of the strange photo presented by Lanzz.
In my eyes there is a dead stick insect lying on the ground, with two legs missing. A tiny part of one of these missing legs can be seen near the insect. And I see another planarium-like creature or maybe a slug attached to the body of the stick insect and maybe feeding on it.
(I know my English is not 100% perfect, but I hope I can make myself understand)
Signature: Erwin Beyer

Close up showing hidden antennae

Close up showing hidden antennae

Update:  December 11, 2013
We are posting an enlarged view in response to Erwin’s comment.  In a lower resolution image, Erwin’s explanation seems possible, however, we took a vertical image of the insect on a wall and rotated it to maximize its size on our site.  The original file was reduced in resolution to be web compliant.  This appears to be a pair of wings held above the body.  At the right of the image, partially obscured by the leg, is the head with tiny antennae.  We do not believe this is a dead Stick Insect being eaten by a Planarium.  We are not certain that it is a Crane Fly, but we do believe it is a flying insect.

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Subject: Crane Fly
Location: Putnam Valley, NY
September 30, 2013 10:20 am
Thanks to your website, I was able to identify this fascinating ”bug”, that was on the wall of my sister’s house in Putnam Valley, NY, a few days ago. The popular guess was ”a mosquito”…but I wasn’t convinced!
Signature: Gabe Laffy

Giant Eastern Crane Fly

Giant Eastern Crane Fly

Hi Gabe,
The distinctive markings on the wings distinguish the Giant Eastern Crane Fly,
Pedicia albivitta.

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Subject: Large winged insect in car grill
Location: Western Washington
July 27, 2013 3:03 am
I apologize for the nature of the picture, and know it can be tough to identify an insect that has been mangled in this fashion, but was wondering if you could give me any clues to its type. It was found yesterday morning on my sister’s car, she had come back late one night & did not notice it til the next morning. I didn’t know until later, or I would have taken it off to try to ID it myself or at least get some more pictures, and unfortunately it detached on her way to work. We’re in the Seatac area, she works in Tacoma, if that helps at all. Any help you can provide would be appreciated, thanks in advance!
Signature: Mike

Great Western Crane Fly struck by car

Great Western Crane Fly struck by car

Hi Mike,
This appears to be a Great Western Crane Fly,
Holorusia hespera, and we are pretty certain it is the largest Crane Fly in western North America.  Here is a photo on BugGuide for comparison.

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Subject: Looks like 2 insects connected
Location: Edmonton Canada
July 4, 2013 9:14 pm
Found this in my vegetable garden. At first i thought it was 2 insects really close to each other until it jumped away. Googled and googled and can not find. I am in edmonton , alberta. Canada Thanks
Signature: Huh!

Mating Crane Flies

Mating Crane Flies

Dear Huh!,
These are mating Crane Flies.  Crane Flies do not bite nor sting.

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