Crane Fly

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.

Tipulidae

How to Identify an 

Crane Fly

Crane flies resemble very large mosquitos. They have thin, elongated bodies and extremely long legs. Their wings have a smoky look to them. Crane flies do NOT have biting mouth parts.

Crane fly larvae are cylindrical and can resemble worms. They can grow up to 4 cm in length and their skin very tough like leather.

Where do they come from?

Crane flies survive the best when winters are mild and the summers are cool. Adults begin to emerge in the late spring from lawns and pastures. Adult crane flies do not feed and typically only live a few days which is long enough to mate and reproduce.

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What do they look like?

Dorsal view of a crane fly
Elongated body of the crane fly
Close up view of the crane fly wings and head

Where do they live?

Crane flies breed in moist areas with abundant vegetation and some can breed in turf grass. When the larvae hatch they will feed on decaying wood, vegetation and turf. Damage to plant roots is a problem when these flies are present in large numbers. Some species of crane fly may be found in streams with the larvae feeding on small insects, invertebrates and decaying plant life.

Name:

Tipulidae

Size:

Large

Diet:

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