Crane fly or Daddy Long Legs

Tipula spp.

preview hoet 00062 tipula schnakeCrane flies have very long fragile legs (hence the name Daddy Long Legs) and often to be confused with mosquitoes. But their mouth parts are not strong enough to perforate human skin. Crane flies are in fact completely harmless. Adult insects consume nectar and plant sap or they do not feed at all.

In Germany there are about 140 different species of crane fly. Although they are among the largest representatives of true flies, the identification of a certain species is very difficult.

The behavior of the animals can be easily observed, especially during mating. Here, the end of the abdomen of the two partners interlock into each other, and this posture is maintained even when the animals are disturbed – they just take off together.