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What are these giant mosquito looking insects?

Posted by californian 10 (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 5, 09 at 12:14

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.

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RE: What are these giant mosquito looking insects?

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?!).


RE: What are these giant mosquito looking insects?

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:

Crane fly trapped by Drosera capensis

RE: What are these giant mosquito looking insects?

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

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