What are these giant mosquito looking insects?

californianApril 5, 2009

My neighborhood in north Orange County is infested this year with bugs that look like giant mosquitos. Anyone know what they are called and are they a beneficial insects or something I should try to kill? Every time I open the door several try to fly inside, and if I mow the grass dozens of them rise up out of the grass ahead of my lawnmower.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

They are crane flies (mostly species of Tipula).

They're beneficial in the sense that their larvae feed on decomposing vegetation in mucky wet areas.

A couple of fun myths: many people call them "mosquito hawks" or "mosquito eaters", thinking they catch mosquitos. And an old Italian myth: they poke you in the eyes (and why else would they have such long legs?!).


    Bookmark   April 5, 2009 at 1:31PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Cal: I live in OC too. Those crane flies are completely harmless, but they drive my wife insane. Luckily I have a solution: carnivorous plants. Here's a photo of a sundew feasting on an unlucky crane fly:

    Bookmark   April 5, 2009 at 4:27PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thanks I always thought that was what they were like many others. We don't get bothered by them and aways left them alone. Nice to know what they really are

    Bookmark   April 7, 2009 at 10:06AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
California to be a tropical climate within 50 years.
I heard that on the news last night. By 2060 Soucal...
Western Sword Fern (Polysticum munitum) very brown
My Western Sword Ferns are looking very brown. I really...
Mother Nature Fooled the beans, Now Hurry Hummingbird it's up to you
Well the beans have come out of their husky winter...
Wild Haired Mavens
Potatoes from Van Bloem Gardens
Does anyone know what potatoes are in the Van Bloem...
Pool landscaping: a question of symmetry
The coping (a sandy colored Utah stone) for my swimming...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™