Have you seen these flying insects everywhere in your yard and sneaking into your house. Don't worry, the crane fly is harmless, no pest control service needed, but here are a few fun facts. Adult crane flies are most commonly found in low, leafy vegetation around streams and lakes. But during this time of year they are common in urban areas around houses and doorways.
These flies are most apparent each year in our state during the late winter/early spring. The common name “mosquito hawk” is sometimes given to these flies; however the name usually comes with the belief that these clumsy, long-legged insects are predators, but thats not true. Crane flies are among the gentlest of insects. Some are nectar feeders and 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. Crane flies can be distinguished from mosquitoes by their larger size; but also by their wings, which lack the scales found on mosquito wings.
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.
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