Thursday, September 24, 2009


Fly, actually. For freaky-looking things, crane flies have a pretty family name: Tipulidae.


Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

That is what we call a May Fly and they really irritate me in early spring.

randomtruth said...

Down here they're also improperly called "Mosquito Eaters" - do y'all have the same urban myth up there that they eat skeeters?

Hugh said...

Aunt Debbi, Here they appear in late summer/fall. They have a knack of flying into your face as you walk out the door.

RT, I've heard that here too. Some people call them Mosquito Hawks, perhaps because of the superficial similarity to mosquitos and much larger size. The eating myth might have stemmed from that.

Garden Lily said...

They sure do look like giant mosquitoes. I have fond memories as a kid of plucking them off the side of the house or finding them in the lawn, and tossing them into spider webs.

The larval "leather jacket" stage is pretty interesting-looking too. They apparently eat roots of grass and other plants, but don't seem to do much damage.