Crane Fly Face CU Crane flies are insects in the family Tipulidae. Adults are very slender, long-legged flies that may vary in length from 2–60 millimeters. Numerous other common names have been applied to the crane fly, many of them more or less regional, including mosquito hawk, mosquito eater, skeeter eater, gallinipper, and gollywhopper. At least 4256 species of crane flies have been described. In appearance crane flies seem long and gangly, with very long legs, and a long slender abdomen. The wings are often held out when at rest, making the large halteres easily visible. Unlike most flies, crane flies are weak and poor fliers with a tendency to "wobble" in unpredictable patterns during flight, and they can be caught without much effort. Despite their common names, as adults, crane flies do not prey on mosquitoes, nor do they bite humans. Adult crane flies feed on nectar or they do not feed at all; once they become adults, most crane fly species exist as adults only to mate and die. - AZ Assignment | Professional | Commercial Photography Photographer Tucson AZ Photography | Science | Location | Aerial | Industrial

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