Crane Fly

"Giant Mutant Mosquitoes" Abound

Swarms of crane flies (order Diptera, family Tipulidae) are cruising lawns during the day and buzzing porch lights at night throughout much of Ohio. Although they look like giant, mutant mosquitoes, crane flies do not possess mosquito-like piercing-sucking mouthparts, so they do not bite. In fact, the adults are relatively short-lived and they don't feed.
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Authors
Joe Boggs
Dave Shetlar
Curtis E. Young