Swarms of the Crane FlyOctober 11th, 2013 at 10:39 pm by Chad Evans under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog
I find entomology fascinating, as insect life cycles are mind-boggling. Such is the case of the Crane Fly.
Notice the swarms of these right now? They are mistaken by giant mosquitoes & can find their way into your home. You may have left one end & are freaked out by one on your kitchen wall. Indeed, they look like imposing, blood-thirsty mosquitoes.
Take heart, they are harmless & are generally clumsy fliers whose soul purpose is to emerge, mate, lay eggs & die.
Right now they are all emerging, mating & laying eggs & will die soon. They often swarm & you will often find groups oftwo together, seemingly tangled, mating.
There are several different species, but absolutely none bite.
Their larvae look like dark gray grubs that you will find if digging in the lawn in spring of early- to mid-summer.
This is a great article on the insect: