crane fly

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crane fly

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.
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crane fly



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

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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A crane fly hatches from it's leatherjacket larvae cocoon on a lawn Adam Gerrard
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They're probably the most recognisable crane fly, with six legs, small wings, long, slender abdomens and an awkward flight path.
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That is a great deal of Crane Fly. As larvae, they live in the soil and are known as leatherjackets and are a serious pest munching away at plant roots and probably responsible, along with mushrooms and labrador wee, for the lawn's demise.
There are many species of crane fly in the UK, including some very rare ones, such as the royal splinter crane fly, so named because it only occurs in Windsor Great Park.
They were able to work out the vast numbers by analysing the concentration of crane fly larvae - the grubs are called 'leatherjackets' - and even predict when the maximum number would hatch.
Maybe they were here to cheer on a few friends only to find out Jeff Maggot, Tom Mite, Ben Crane Fly weren't in the field.
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