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Subject:  Crane Fly?
Geographic location of the bug:  Singapore
Date: 06/10/2018
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman, love your site! Is this a Crane Fly?
How you want your letter signed:  Bug Hunter@SG

Crane Fly

Dear Bug Hunter@SG,
Thanks for the compliment.  This is indeed a Crane Fly, but we are not having any luck with a species identification.

Thanks so much. You guys are generous to share your knowledge like this, and your webpage really makes it fun to learn about bugs.
Thanks again!
Dr Gan Su-lin

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Subject:  Flying scorpion looking thing with 6 legs
Geographic location of the bug:  London England
Date: 06/01/2018
Time: 02:57 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:
What is this thing? My friend has found it in his house! It looks like a flying scorpion
How you want your letter signed:  Jake

Crane Fly

Dear Jake,
Though it resembles a stinging wasp, this is actually a harmless Crane Fly.  Based on images posted to Eakring Birds and on Diptera Info, we believe your Crane Fly is
Ctenophora pectinicornis.

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Subject:  Hymenoptera
Geographic location of the bug:  La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Date: 05/06/2018
Time: 11:09 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this wasp-like bug a few days ago (early may) and had never seen anything like it before. My city is at a 1000 meters of altitude and we don’t have a lot of strange bugs around here. Do you know what it is and if it’s supposed to be here in Switzerland? And also, is it dangerous?
It was about 2cm long.
How you want your letter signed:  Myriam

Crane Fly

Dear Myriam,
This is NOT a Wasp or other Hymenopteran, but it is a very effective wasp mimic.  This is actually a Crane Fly and we believe we have identified it as
Ctenophora flaveolata thanks to images posted to BioLib and Diptera Info.

Crane Fly

Thanks a lot for your quick answer! I’m relieved it’s not a dangerous bug!
Kind regards,
Myriam

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Subject:  Found on grape vine
Geographic location of the bug:  Las Vegas, NV
Date: 04/18/2018
Time: 01:44 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this “giant mosquito” looking insect on a grape vine.  What is it? Is it beneficial?
How you want your letter signed:  Dave

Crane Fly

Dear Dave,
This is a Crane Fly, and in some parts of the country they are known as Skeeter Hawks.  They do not sting nor bite and they pose no threat to humans.  Beneficial is a tough term to describe in terms of insects.  Birds and other predators will eat Crane Flies, so they do fill an important link in the food chain. 

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Subject:  Flying bug
Geographic location of the bug:  South Louisiana
Date: 03/06/2018
Time: 07:10 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have these insects that appeared suddenly around my home. Please help me identify them.
How you want your letter signed:  Jackie Stelly

Mating Crane Flies

Dear Jackie,
These are harmless mating Crane Flies.  They neither sting nor bite.  Crane Flies tend to be more common during wetter years.

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Subject:  A weird worm looking insect
Geographic location of the bug:  California
Date: 01/09/2018
Time: 11:28 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this bug in my dogs water just floating at the bottoms and didn’t know what exactly it was, I asked family and  they said it was a “moth caterpillar”  I looked up moth caterpillar and I have to admit it looked very similar to this one but this one seems a bit darker and it was still alive after I put it in water added soap AND oxi clean. I ended up smooshing it with my sink drainer making sure it doesn’t like start a nest or something then I let it go down the drain. So what bug is this? Why was it still alive after I drowned it in water soap and oxy clean? Please answer because at first I thought this was some sort of parasite and at this point I’m not sure and I VERY worried for my dog.
How you want your letter signed:  Marcus Wade

Leatherjacket

Dear Marcus,
This looks to us like the larva of a Crane Fly, and it will not harm your dog.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.  Crane Fly larvae are sometimes called Leatherjackets because of their hard exoskeleton.  Because of the large amount of rain last year, Crane Flies were quite common in Southern California last year.

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