It has wings, but files slowly with legs out.
June 17, 2010
I live in north Louisiana, I have seen this bug flying several summers. This is the first time I was about to get a photo. It flies in a wave motion with legs out and slowly. I thought it was some kind of misquito, but after I saw my photo I do not think that anymore. Seems to be in damselfly family maybe, except for the short wings and only one set. Any info appreciated.
Sandy Rabb
Ruston, Louisiana

Phantom Crane Fly

Hi Sandy,
This is a Phantom Crane Fly in the genus Bittacomorpha.  We have read that its coloration and method of flight allows it to seem to disappear as it floats from sun to shadow.

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