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Subject: Strange long legged fly
Location: Fenton, MI
May 29, 2016 7:08 am
My kids found this bug and would love to know what it is!
Signature: Robert Fravel

Male Giant Crane Fly

Male Giant Crane Fly

Dear Robert,
Based on this BugGuide image, we are relatively confident this is a male Giant Crane Fly,
Tipula abdominalis.  According to BugGuide:  “adults fly from May to October.”

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Subject: Fly on door
Location: Near hedgesville wv
May 29, 2016 8:41 am
Just curious what kind of insect this is.
Signature: Chuck Becker

Crane Fly

Crane Fly

Dear Chuck,
This is a Crane Fly in the Infraorder Tipulomorpha.  We are not certain of the species.  Crane Flies are harmless.

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Subject: Ctenophora (Cnemoncosis) ishiharai in Barcelona?
Location: Barcelona
May 16, 2016 3:42 pm
Hi from Barcelona 🙂
I’m a little confused since I realised this crane fly may be a japanese Ctenophora (Cnemoncosis) ishiharai.
May be it possible? I’m doubting with abdomen and wings.
Thank you Bugman 😀
Signature: Óscar

Crane Fly

Crane Fly

Hi Oscar,
In our opinion, you have the genus correct but the species wrong.  This looks to us like like a male Ctenophora ornata that we identified on Alamy and verified on Eakring Birds.  Only males have feathered antennae, and females have an ovipositor.

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Subject: Giant Eastern Crane Fly
Location: Washington, Pennsylvania
September 28, 2015 1:03 am
I found an interesting bug in my dogs water bowl and i had no idea what it was until i found it on your site. I wanted to share the photo of the Giant Eastern Crane Fly! This is the first time I’ve ever come across one of these beauties, and let me just say, I’m very glad to know it’s harmless!
Signature: Jessicarenae

Giant Eastern Crane Fly

Giant Eastern Crane Fly

Dear Jessicarenae,
You are correct that this is a Giant Eastern Crane Fly,
Pedicia albivitta, and the stark white background in your image nicely illustrates the lovely markings on the wings of this species.

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Subject: Dragon fly like insect
Location: Campobello Island, NB, Canada
August 24, 2015 2:17 pm
I found that little thing on the kitchen counter. Looks somewhat like a dragon fly. Was waiving it’s legs in the air as if saying hello.
Nearly invisible as it flew away outside.
Black and white legs.
Signature: Bea

Phantom Crane Fly

Phantom Crane Fly

Dear Bea,
Because of its dramatically striped legs, the Phantom Crane Fly seems to appear and disappear as it flies through the dappled lighting that characterizes its typical habitat.

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Subject: not a crane fly?
Location: Rockland, Ontario
August 24, 2015 3:33 pm
Hi, my uncle lives in Rockland Ontario and we found tyis large mosquito looking bug. Beautiful but i cant identify it.
Signature: Chris Brabant

Giant Eastern Crane Fly

Giant Eastern Crane Fly

Dear Chris,
This is certainly a Crane Fly, more specifically, a Giant Eastern Crane Fly,
Pedicia albivitta, which is profiled on BugGuide where it states:  “This species is one of the largest in northeastern United States and Canada.”

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