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Mosquitoes discovered by Dolores709 (#7707)

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Observed: January 1, 2016 @ 1:00 PM
Posted on: January 1, 2016 @ 5:55 PM (diff: 0 days)
A number of mosquitoes on the snow at Cape Spear on New Years Day. Odd?

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By sam on 1/12/2016 6:41:53 PM

that's a new one on me. good sighting, good record.!!

By Barry Hicks on 1/13/2016 11:10:00 PM

These are winter crane flies, Family Trichoceridae.  See Trichoceridae - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

By sam on 1/15/2016 5:27:46 PM

Delores, how big/long was it?? BARRY, i LOOKED ON THE SITE AND IT SAID THEY ARE SOMETIMES CALLED ,"DADDY LONG LEGS". Is the one Delores saw one of these? and are these the ones we see in summer flying clumsy with dangling long legs. I didn't know they could live in winter.

By Barry Hicks on 1/15/2016 8:32:19 PM

Hi Sam,

The ones that we call daddy or dandy long legs belong to the Tipulidae.  They are also commonly called crane flies (by mainlanders).  The ones that Delores saw are winter crane flies and belong to a different family (Trichoceridae).   We have just realized the problem with using common names in biology :-)  Crane flies, daddy long legs, dandy long legs are common names.   

By sam on 1/15/2016 9:06:18 PM

Hi there, Barry. many thanks for the response , and the comments . man o man, biology must be such a huge field. (( bigger than mom's preddy garden)). hahahaha!!! I know so little about our surroundings!!@!!

By Dolores709 on 1/16/2016 8:45:55 PM

Hi Barry,

Thanks for letting us know about the fly.  I was lucky when I photographed this little guy because I had a macro lens on my camera. 

Thanks again,

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