Subject: Some sort of wasp?
Location: Unionville, IN
June 7, 2014 8:25 pm
My kids and I found this bug by our creek. We live at the base of a wooded ridge in a rural area. We are surrounded by both farms and forests in South Central Indiana. Got a clue?
Signature: Heather D
While it does look quite wasp-like, this is actually a harmless Crane Fly. We just posted a similar looking Crane Fly from the UK, but North America has its own distinct species. Your Crane Fly is Ctenophora dorsalis. According to BugGuide: “larvae develop in soft dead wood” and we believe the female uses her ovipositor to deposit her eggs in rotting wood.
Thank you for getting back to me so quickly. I did see the picture of the Crane Fly on your site after I posted my question, but I am yet to find a picture in any of the American sites. All the Crane Flies I see here are the typical “Mosquito Hawk”. Now that you have given me the species name, I’ll look again. Where are you in the UK? I studied at the University of Kent for a year in college. … Thank you so much for your help!
Hi again Heather,
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