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unknown insect discovered by Tclenche (#9578)

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Sighting Info

Observed: August 3, 2017 @ 11:00 AM
Posted on: August 7, 2017 @ 11:48 AM (diff: 4 days)
on the door to my house.

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By Elijah on 8/7/2017 4:26:25 PM

I searched it up, and it turns out that it's a type of crane fly. Even though they look like mosquitoes, they're totally harmless and don't bite. One popular myth I hear a lot is that they lose their wings and become an arthropod that my family calls "daddy long legs". It might not be the same arthropod of that name on the internet (I searched it up and a lot of bug-like species came up under that same name), but I just wanted to explain that they don't just lose their wings, and they have eyes and long abdomens, unlike the wing-less species most people think of. 

By Elijah on 8/7/2017 4:32:11 PM

By the way, one reason people think crane flies can lose their wings may be that their legs will continue to twitch a while after a predator pulls them out, the same effect the legs of the similar arthropod without wings would have. 

By Tclenche on 8/7/2017 5:58:40 PM

Thanks for the info. we must have several species of Crane Fly here in NL. a smaller green flying insect that I have posted here on nl nature is also a crane fly.

By Frank on 8/7/2017 6:26:41 PM

Crane fly larvae called leather jackets feed on grass roots, and other roots, they can do considerable to lawns, bare patches appearing may indicate cutworms. Sometimes starlings flock onto lawns this time of year and I suspect they are feeding on the crane flies as they emerge. Trout love them when they drop on the waters.

By Tclenche on 8/7/2017 6:30:19 PM

Excellent information. I think a lot of birds, including Robins and Sparrows, feed on insects in my lawn during the summer.

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