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Crane Flies: Slender and Long-Legged

Crane fly resting on a stucco wall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Some folks call them "mosquito hawks" or "skeeter eaters" or "blood suckers." They're not. None of the above. Crane flies, in the family Tipulidae, don't prey on mosquitoes and they don't suck blood.  These slender, long-legged insects remind...

Crane fly resting on a stucco wall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Crane fly resting on a stucco wall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Crane fly resting on a stucco wall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

From above, the crane fly looks like all legs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
From above, the crane fly looks like all legs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

From above, the crane fly looks like all legs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Tags: crane fly (4), mosquito hawks (3), Tipulidae (5)

Long and Gangly

Crane fly resting on salvia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The crane fly is as long-legged and slender as a runway model, but as gangly as a teenager.The insect, from the family Tipulidae, is sometimes called daddy long-legs (not!) or a skeeter eater (not!). They don't eat mosquitoes and they don't bite. The...

Crane fly resting on salvia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Crane fly resting on salvia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Crane fly resting on salvia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 10:17 PM
Tags: crane fly (4), Tipulidae (5)

Not Your Basic Giant Mosquito

Crane fly

It looks like a giant mosquito. But it isn't. It's a crane fly (family Tipulidae), also known as a "mosquito hawk." It's a slender, long-legged insect that cats  like to target.  Our cat, Xena the Warrior Princess, loves to bat...

Crane fly
Crane fly

CRANE FLY, also known as a "mosquito hawk," nestles among the blades of grass. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, May 4, 2009 at 6:03 PM
Tags: crane fly (4), mosquito hawk (2), Tipulidae (5)

Turning Over a New Leaf

Praying Mantis

For my New Year's resolution, I resolve to turn over a new leaf. Oh, sure, most folks resolve to eat less, exercise more, drink less, read more, stress less, save more, gripe less, and volunteer more. Not me. I'm turning over a new leaf. You...

Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis

TURN OVER A NEW LEAF--and there's a praying mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Crane Fly
Crane Fly

TURN OVER A NEW LEAF--and there's a crane fly, also known as a mosquito hawk. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ladybug
Ladybug

TURN OVER A NEW LEAF--and there's a ladybug, aka lady beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 4:23 PM
 
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