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
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.