Location: Kissimmee Florida
February 3, 2012 3:11 pm
curious about this insect. It almost looks like a stump stabber wasp that I saw on you site, but this insect packs quite a sting. I decided not to include the picture of my swollen hand. Any info you could provide would be great. Location: Kissimmee, florida, total length of body is approx.: 1 inch. Two spotted in my apartment January 2012
Your swollen hand must be a result of some other trauma. This Crane Fly is a perfectly harmless creature that does not sting nor bite. Perhaps No-See-Ums which are small biting gnats are getting into your apartment. See BugGuide for a photo of No-See-Ums.
No, the sting was definitely from this insect. I was able to pick it up with tweezers and it was attempting to sting the tweezers. It felt like a bee sting.
What’s That Bug Requests a professional opinion from Dr. Chen Young at Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Here is the link and in the Introduction there is statement in the first paragraph that indicates crane flies are harmless. “They are often mistaken for mosquitoes, but they belong to a group of harmless flies.”
Just in case the person wants to know, this is a female crane fly in the genus Nephrotoma