Orange fllying insect in Lancaster, CA
Location: Lancaster, CA
July 19, 2010 9:17 pm
I have never seen these before and now the grass in my yard has quite a few of these flying around, what is it?
How to handle?
Dear How to handle?,
We did not anticipate being able to easily identify your species of Crane Fly, but by doing a web search of Crane Fly and California, we were led to the UC Irvine website of the Flies of Orange County. It was easy enough to match your photo to the images of Nephrotoma wulpiana on the Flies of Orange County Crane Fly section. We verified that on BugGuide, where we learned that this is one of the Tiger Crane Flies and it is a west coast species reported from California and Washington.