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crane fly

n.
Any of numerous long-legged, slender-bodied flies of the family Tipulidae and several other families of the suborder Nematocera that have the general appearance of a large mosquito but do not bite.

crane fly

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cranefly

n
(Animals) any dipterous fly of the family Tipulidae, having long legs, slender wings, and a narrow body. Also called (Brit): daddy-longlegs

crane′ fly`


n.
any of numerous nonbiting insects constituting the family Tipulidae, resembling a large mosquito with long legs.
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Noun1.crane fly - long-legged slender flies that resemble large mosquitoes but do not bitecrane fly - long-legged slender flies that resemble large mosquitoes but do not bite
dipteran, dipteron, dipterous insect, two-winged insects - insects having usually a single pair of functional wings (anterior pair) with the posterior pair reduced to small knobbed structures and mouth parts adapted for sucking or lapping or piercing
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Perfect weather for breeding this year means we can also expect an invasion of daddy long legs, or crane flies.
BILLIONS of giant crane flies are set to invade Britain's homes and gardens this autumn.
But the biggest insect news of the fall has been the emergence of an estimated 200 billion Crane Flies or Daddy Long Legs.
The term daddy-long-legs is actually used to refer to three different animals - crane flies, harvestmen and cellar or vibrating spiders.
The spread up north from these harmless creepy-crawlies - also known as crane flies - means that they may be a more common sight in our homes this autumn.
The insects - also known as crane flies - provide food for wildlife, such as birds and spiders, just before the winter comes, insect charity Buglife said.
Biologists say that 200 billion crane flies - the official name for daddy-long-legs - will hatch across the UK.
The insects - also knows as crane flies - provide food for wildlife, such as birds and spiders, just before the winter comes, insect charity Buglife said.
Around 200billion of the creepy crawlies - also known as crane flies - are expected to hatch this year because of a warm, wet summer caused by global warming.
and the grown crane flies toward familiar calls and arching necks-- the
Second Report of a Big-Headed Fly Genus (Diptera: Pipunculidae) Parasitic upon Crane Flies (Diptera: Tipulidae) and First Michigan Record of the Parasite.