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Crane Fly

Family: Tipulidae


Please help me id this thing: I want to know whether to set it free or kill it. It looks like a mosquito, but it's huge! About 10-12cm in span, wingspan looks to be about 5cm (not that I'm getting too close!).


Cairns (the wet tropics, near the northern-most tip), Australia

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bayucca 11 years ago

A crane fly would never attack you, compared to nasty mosquitos...

AschaRiess 11 years ago

He's either a black crane fly or a spider crane fly, and completely harmless!

AschaRiess 11 years ago

Thanks, bayucca. We ended up setting it free coz it was not trying to attack us, plus it looked distressed after it trapped itself inside the house.

bayucca 11 years ago

Some kind of a crane fly with very long legs.

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Wild Things 11 years ago

I'm not an expert on the I.D. I would set it free.

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4870, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Apr 10, 2012
Submitted on Apr 10, 2012

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