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