Posts Tagged: mosquito hawks
You don't have to crane your neck to see the crane flies. They're everywhere. They're zigzagging around your yard, bumping into walls and windows, landing on your screen door and fence, and clustering on your porch lights, all the while searching...
A crane fly dangles from a spider web. It is about to become prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Sometimes it's an artistic sight--a crane fly and its shadow. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Some folks call them "mosquito hawks" or "skeeter eaters" or "blood suckers." They're not. None of the above. Crane flies, in the family Tipulidae, don't prey on mosquitoes and they don't suck blood. These slender, long-legged insects remind...
Crane fly resting on a stucco wall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
From above, the crane fly looks like all legs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
He didn't bring her flowers. They were already sharing a sunflower leaf. He didn't bring her candy. They'd already dined on nectar. It was Labor Day and the two crane flies looked quite friendly in our bee friendly garden. More than friendly. I...
Close-up of crane fly