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.
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.