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Cranefly (Brachypremna dispellens)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Cranefly.




Narrow and thin, this species of Cranefly might be confused for another type of insect or arachnid.



 Updated: 8/26/2020; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org




Often seen hanging by four of its six legs, this Cranefly is sometimes thought to be a Harvestman (commonly called a Daddy Long-legs) or some kind of skinny spider. Craneflies are generally also mistaken to be enormous mosquitoes, but they do not bite. The back legs on this fly are very long and fine, and they may be fully extended, giving them the appearance of narrow tails. The long wings on this Cranefly cover most of its body when folded over each other, but they may also lay flat and open.

Larvae for this species are aquatic and live in the quiet areas of creek or springs. Adults cling to window screens, walls, and other surfaces. Like other Craneflies, this species is not harmful to people and is content quietly resting in the high corners and areas of buildings when it is not on tree trunks.


General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers


Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Diptera
        Family: Tipulidae [ View More ]
          Genus: Brachypremna [ View More ]
            Species: dispellens
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Descriptors
Scientific Name: Brachypremna dispellens
Category: Fly or Mosquito
Size (Adult; Length): 12mm to 17mm (0.47in to 0.66in)
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black; white; gray
Descriptors: long legs; hanging; tail; four legs; long wings; fly
Relative Size Comparison
Lo: 12mm | Hi: 17mm
Territorial Reach (A-to-Z)
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Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns.
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