Subject: Found on grape vine
Geographic location of the bug: Las Vegas, NV
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
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.