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Subject: Insect identification
Location: Warren County, NJ
September 21, 2014 4:11 pm
Hey Bugman,
I saw this interesting character on my front window in western New Jersey.
I’m curious as to what it is.
Thanks!
Signature: Jojo

Giant Crane Fly

Giant Crane Fly

Hi Jojo,
We posted another image of a Giant Crane Fly earlier today.  Giant Crane Flies are attracted to lights.

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Subject: thought it was a huge crane fly at first glance
Location: New York/Connecticut Border
September 21, 2014 6:58 pm
… but then I realized it was a bit different. it’s wings are swept back fully and it appears to have a sharper tail than most. also absent are the nubbins of secondary wings on the crane fly.
spotted on my car in southern NY state (Purdy’s, NY) this last Saturday. had driven from nearby Connecticut but I am pretty sure it landed on my car after having parked for dinner. I’d estimate he was almost 3 inches long from front legs to rear legs.
Signature: Eric R.

from perusing your site a bit more I see it is most likely is a giant crane fly. great site, will definitely refer to it in the future!

Giant Crane Fly

Giant Crane Fly

Dear Eric,
In comparing your image to images on BugGuide, we agree with your identification of a Giant Crane Fly,
Tipula abdominalis.

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Subject: African jewelery-like bug
Location: becket, ma
August 27, 2014 10:41 am
Hi there! Awesome website, excited that I can possibly learn the name of this bug. It’s sitting on someone’s finger.
Signature: katy

Giant Crane Fly

Giant Eastern Crane Fly

Dear Katy,
The pattern on the wings and body of this Giant Eastern Crane Fly does look vaguely African.

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Subject: Identifying wasp-like insect
Location: North East England
August 15, 2014 4:39 am
Hello there, I spotted a strange bug in my kitchen earlier today and took some pictures of it before I let it go out into my back garden. I was wondering if you could help me on the front of identifying it, as I’ve not seen anything like it before and I’m intrigued (I’m a biology student, so it has really got me wondering!). I live in the North East of England. Thank you in advance for any help!
Signature: Ryan Simmons

Crane Fly

Crane Fly

Dear Ryan,
If you look closely, you will see that this insect has only one pair of wings, indicating that it is a fly and not a wasp.  It is a Crane Fly in the family Tipulidae.  It looks very similar to this
Ctenophora pectinicornis that is posted on this Dutch website.  Some Crane Flies are attracted to lights, which might explain why it was in your kitchen.

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Subject: mosquito or some stinger?
Location: Switzerland
August 10, 2014 1:20 pm
Hi, should I be worried about this flying around my daughter’s room?
Signature: Cathy

Crane Fly

Crane Fly

Dear Cathy,
This is a Crane Fly, and it is perfectly harmless. In an attempt to identify the species, we found this FlickR image from Portugal identified as
 Nephrotoma crocata luteata, and it looks very similar to your image, though your image is quite blurry.  This image of Nephrotoma quadrifaria from France on Superstock looks even closer. We also located this image of Nephrotoma crocata from France on iGoTerra.

Wow, that’s it! Thank you so much! :-D

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Subject: Identification
Location: NE Ontario Canada
July 31, 2014 2:28 pm
What is it? We saw an insect today, six legs, in between the legs what looked like very small feathers. On the end of each leg, little tiny wing like things that were fluttering. It moved through the air much like a spider web on the breeze, but with deliberate direction contrary to the breeze direction. It was flying. The legs were black and white, the whole thing about 1.5″ in diameter. It was very difficult to see, it was almost transparent and when you got close to it it seemed to vanish. Leaving everyone saying “Where did it go?” It was in the upper level of the ground brush. About 3-4 feet above ground weaving it’s way through branches and grasses. Any ideas? We have been googling it trying to figure out what we saw. Never seen anything like it. It looked more like something you might find in the sea.
Sorry no camera, so sketched it a little.
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Drawing may be a Phantom Crane Fly

Drawing may be a Phantom Crane Fly

Our best guess is a Phantom Crane Fly, Bittacomorpha clavipes.

Phantom Crane Fly

Phantom Crane Fly

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