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Giant mosquito? Mosquito-eater? Nope, it’s a crane fly!


Last updated 04/6/2017 at Noon

04-06-17-H&G-It’s a crane fly-cp

Gig Conaughton

County of San Diego

Communications Office

They look like giant mosquitoes, or daddy-longlegs with wings, and they fly like crazy bumper-car drivers, bouncing off walls, each other, ceilings and light sources.

But they’re nothing to be afraid of, said Chris Conlan, the County’s supervising vector ecologist.

They’re crane flies – also known as “mosquito hawks,” “skeeter-eaters,” and “daddy longlegs.”

Conlan said they’re harmless to people and that this is the time of year you usually spot them in San Diego County, after the rains and as...

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