Location: NE Ontario Canada
July 31, 2014 2:28 pm
What is it? We saw an insect today, six legs, in between the legs what looked like very small feathers. On the end of each leg, little tiny wing like things that were fluttering. It moved through the air much like a spider web on the breeze, but with deliberate direction contrary to the breeze direction. It was flying. The legs were black and white, the whole thing about 1.5″ in diameter. It was very difficult to see, it was almost transparent and when you got close to it it seemed to vanish. Leaving everyone saying “Where did it go?” It was in the upper level of the ground brush. About 3-4 feet above ground weaving it’s way through branches and grasses. Any ideas? We have been googling it trying to figure out what we saw. Never seen anything like it. It looked more like something you might find in the sea.
Sorry no camera, so sketched it a little.
Our best guess is a Phantom Crane Fly, Bittacomorpha clavipes.