Living With Crane Flies

To most people, crane flies resemble “giant mosquitoes”. They are attracted to lights and are among the early insects of spring. About 15,000 crane fly species have been identified and larvae have diverse habitats from aquatic to semi aquatic. Most Crane Flies are harmless; the adults do not bite people. However, in parts of the US, larvae of a European species of Crane Fly (known as “Leather Jackets”) have become an invasive pest of turf. Crane Flies are awkward fliers, noted for their long legs. The legs are fragile and to the consternation of collectors, detach with the slightest touch.

Crane Fly

Crane Fly

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is a retired Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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