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Subject:  winged insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Tioga Co, PA
Date: 09/06/2017
Time: 03:46 PM EDT
I found this bug on the wall of our hunting cabin in Wellsboro, PA….looks kind of like a Snakefly, but wondered if y’all could ID it for me.
How you want your letter signed:  Ginette

Giant Eastern Crane Fly

Dear Ginette,
This magnificent creature is a Giant Eastern Crane Fly,
Pedicia albivitta.  According to BugGuide:  “two distinct flight periods: usually May/June and September/October” so this sighting is right on time.

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Subject: Nectaring Fly?
Location: Sussex County, NJ
August 5, 2017 5:50 am
Hi again,
Found this on my rudbeckia yesterday. It appears to be some sort of fly, but I’m having a hard time figuring out what Family? It has the general look of a crane fly, but is much smaller than any crane flies I’ve seen, only maybe 1/3 inch. Also, I’ve never seen a proboscis on a crane fly. Am attaching dorsal and ventral views and hope you can shed some light on the identity.
One other note, I was able to gently nudge it with my finger without it making any effort to get away from me – very intent on the flower. When it finally moved, it simply flew about a foot to another flower.
Signature: Deborah Bifulco

Limoniid Crane Fly

Dear Deborah,
Thanks for resending the images.  We believe we have identified your Crane Fly as a member of the family Limoniidae, the Limoniid Crane Flies.  Our first clue was this image on BugGuide of a Crane Fly in the genus
Limonia, though unlike your individual, the wings are spotted.  BugGuide does say this of the subgenus Geranomyia:  “One of three groups of crane flies, all in Limoniidae, that have long mouthparts for feeding on flowers. Often found bobbing up and down while perched.”  This BugGuide image of Toxorhina magna looks like an exact match to us, and both this individual and your individual have ovipositors, indicating they are female.

Limoniid Crane Fly

Thanks so much, Daniel!  And glad to know that I was on the right track with crane fly.  I’m accustomed to seeing crane flies that are much larger than this, which is what was throwing me.  And thanks for pointing out the ovipositor – I can see it clearly now that I know what I’m looking for.
Deborah

Limoniid Crane Fly

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Subject: Big Mosquito.
Location: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
July 23, 2017 1:40 pm
Reposted with better info.
This big bright yellow mosquito was hanging upsidedown in a rainy night. It’s body is 1.7mm long, not including the legs.
Hope you can identify it.
Signature: Quique.

Crane Fly

Dear Quique,
We believe this is a Crane Fly, not a Mosquito.  We will attempt additional research when time permits.

Thanks.
I always thought those were weird mosquitoes, hahahaha.
You learn something everyday.
Quique Olay

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Subject: Crane Fly
Location: Langley BC Canada
May 30, 2017 12:18 pm
Hey bugman just wondering what she is. I know it’s a crane fly, I believe it is a Nephrotoma. From the images I’ve found it looks like a Crocata to me. I live in BC Canada. I’m not really knowledgeable on insects, just curious as I’ve never seen on of these in my life.
Signature: Thanks

Crane Fly

Wikipedia has an image of Nephrotoma crocata, and it does resemble your individual, but that is a European species and to the best of our knowledge, it has not been introduced to North America, but that is always a possibility.  We are more inclined to believe that you have an image of a native species in the subfamily Ctenophorinae which is pictured on BugGuide.

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Subject: What kind of bug is this
Location: MIchigian
May 26, 2017 7:36 am
I would just like to know what kind of bug this is?!
Signature: Catie

Mating Crane Flies

Dear Catie,
These are mating Crane Flies, and in some locations they are called Mosquito Hawks or Skeeter Hawks because people mistakenly believe they eat Mosquitoes.  Crane Flies are harmless.  They neither sting nor bite.  According to Texas A&M City Bugs:  “Crane flies are among the gentlest of insects. Some are nectar feeders, sipping sweet sugars from plants and possibly helping out a little with pollination in the process. Other species lack mouth parts entirely. Instead, the adults live out their short lives relying on fat reserves built up during their underground larval stage.”  The site also states:  “Enjoy crane flies while they last.  And keep in mind that as adults, these flies only have love on their tiny minds.  The sole purpose of the adult crane fly is to mate and, for the females, to lay eggs for next spring’s crop of flies.  Crane flies are harmless to handle, so the next time one makes its way indoors, simply cup it gently to release outdoors.  Think of it as a romantic gesture.”

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Subject: Mosquito?
Location: Cherry Valley, CA
May 20, 2017 6:19 am
Dear Bugman – Found this on my screen yesterday at dusk. Seemed bigger than most mosquitos I’ve seen around here. Always come to you with my bug queries & you never let me down!
Thanks for all you do!!!
Signature: Betz

Crane Fly

Dear Betz,
This is a Crane Fly in the family Tipulidae, which is well represented on BugGuide.  Though they resemble Mosquitoes, and they are frequently called Mosquito Hawks, Crane Flies neither sting nor bite, nor do they hunt Mosquitoes.  Because of the record breaking rainfall in California this past season, Crane Flies have been especially numerous this spring.

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