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Swarms Visit the UC IPM Booth

UC IPM staff Belinda Messenger-Sikes interacting with public. (Credit: Chinh Lam)

Last Saturday, UC IPM staff greeted a swarm of visitors at their Picnic Day booth. Picnic Day, UC Davis' annual Open House event, invites people to visit the campus and interact with fun and educational exhibits. UC IPM has participated in Picnic Day for...

Posted on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 8:03 AM
Focus Area Tags: Pest Management Yard & Garden

Mosquito Eater? What's That Flying Insect?

Adult crane fly. [J.K.Clark]

It's now spring, which means the appearance of all kinds of insects, including those large, leggy insects sometimes called “mosquito eaters” or “mosquito hawks”, which fly awkwardly in or around your house. These insects are...

Posted on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 6:17 PM
Tags: crane flies (6), hawk (2), mosquito eater (1), UC IPM (225)

Crane Flies Are Here, There and Everywhere

A crane fly dangles from a spider web. It is about to become prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You don't have to crane your neck to see the crane flies. They're everywhere. They're zigzagging around your yard, bumping into walls and windows,  landing on your screen door and fence, and clustering on your porch lights, all the while searching...

A crane fly dangles from a spider web. It is about to become prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A crane fly dangles from a spider web. It is about to become prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A crane fly dangles from a spider web. It is about to become prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sometimes it's an artistic sight--a crane fly and its shadow. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Sometimes it's an artistic sight--a crane fly and its shadow. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sometimes it's an artistic sight--a crane fly and its shadow. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 5:30 PM

‘Mosquito Hawks’ in Your House?

Adult crane fly.

You may be seeing long-legged, flying insects in your house lately, bouncing around the walls, ceilings, and corners. Many people call these “mosquito hawks” or “mosquito eaters,” but unfortunately, they are not predators of...

Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 9:25 PM
Tags: aerate (2), crane flies (6), eater (1), hawk (2), insects (65), lawn (6), mosquito (18), Pest Notes (58), thatch (2), turf (4), turfgrass (2), UC IPM (225)

Not a 'Mosquito Hawk'

A crane fly lands on a stucco wall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Some folks call them "bugsy" or "mosquito hawks" or "skeeter eaters" "flying daddy longlegs." They may look like Texas-sized mosquitoes but they're not mosquitoes. Neither do they eat mosquitoes. They're crane flies in the order Diptera, family...

A crane fly lands on a stucco wall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A crane fly lands on a stucco wall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A crane fly lands on a stucco wall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A resting crane fly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A resting crane fly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A resting crane fly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 9:33 PM
Tags: crane flies (6), Diptera (2), Tipulidae (5)

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