Location: Central Lake, Michigan
July 3, 2011 9:32 am
Looove your site, and your helpfulness! I have today, three photos of what my mother always called a ”mostquito catcher”. I was hoping that you would be able to tell me what this bug is (or if she was correct). And if you know if they can bite/harm people. I have a close up of the body, a view of the top, and a side view for you (s/he was a great model, lol). This insect has very long legs, and is about the size of my palm. Thanks in advance for your wonderful help!
Signature: Mom in Michigan
Dear Mom in Michigan,
This is a Crane Fly and they do not prey upon mosquitos. We have also heard them called Mosquito Hawks. Crane Flies do not bite.
Thank you so much! How interesting! I really appreciate you taking time to let me know!