Giant mosquito

At the moment, thanks to some unseasonably (but gratefully received) late winter rain and slightly warmer weather, we are inundated by giant mosquitoes.

Except they’re not.

They are actually crane flies, but as you can see from the picture below, they do have a marked resemblance to the blood-sucking pests.

Crane Flies
Crane Fly
Source: neurovelho / CC BY-SA 3.0

The irony is, the crane fly actually preys on mosquito larva (and not people).

So next time you see a “giant mosquito”, before you slap it, remember the crane fly. Let it live and it will take care of the mosquitoes for you.

Have you seen a crane fly? (They are found around the world)

10 comments on “Giant mosquito

  1. Goodness, fancy there being a mozzie lookalike that actually helps us get rid of mozzies! No, I’ve never seen a crane fly. In fact, the first I know a mosquito has visited is when I’ve been bitten, so I rarely see them at all!

  2. There was one on my car yesterday morning. I knew it wasn’t a mosquito, but didn’t know anything else…until now. Thanks, AJ!


  3. How big is it? Bigger than a silver dollar?

    • Lol, I have no idea how big a silver dollar is, but the size (this includes legs) would be about an inch diameter at a guess. They are quite big.

  4. Just so long as I’m not getting bitten by mosquitoes. . .

  5. I have seen one, but I didn’t know what it was! I’m a fan of any critter that reduces the mosquito population!

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