Crane Fly

| July 18, 2012 | 2 Replies

Crane Fly – I spotted this impossibly long-legged, mosquito-like insect on my cherry tomato plant today, and since I’m keen to attract beneficial insects to my garden, grabbed a photo and went to the internet.

Crane Fly

Crane Fly taking a break

I learned it is a crane fly. I think I can spot the ovipositor, so I’m assuming it’s a female just taking a break. I thought maybe it was lying in wait, as it stayed in the same spot for awhile, but it’s taking a break from mating or laying eggs or dying. All the foraging happens in the grub stage. Luckily, I don’t have a lawn, as turf is their favorite food source. Gardening is an adventure. Thanks for reading! – Kaye

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  1. Kind of looks like it, doesn’t it? But, it doesn’t sting, thankfully. The adult doesn’t do much damage, but the grubs can take down a golf course.

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