Extension Master Gardener Association of Cleveland County

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During spring through fall, you might find what appears to be the “world’s largest mosquito” around your home. Only it’s not a mosquito, it’s a Cranefly (Mosquito Hawk). The larvae (maggots) of Craneflies develop in moist soil and within decaying vegetation in streams. They are common in lawns, but are rarely a pest. They act as detritivores, feeding on decomposing vegetation and recycling nutrients back into the soil.

Adult Craneflies live only a few days. They never eat as an adult, they simply attempt to mate before dying. Despite their appearance, Craneflies do not “bite” and they pose no risk to humans.

Being a fly, they only have one pair of wings. The small, drumstick-shaped structures behind their wings are called halteres. These function as a gyroscope to help the Cranefly maintain balance during flight.