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Hangingfly (Bittacus spp.)


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



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Sometimes mistaken for young Craneflies, Hangingflies have more wings and eat their meals with their feet.



Updated: 08/23/2019; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Hangingflies look like the large, leggy Craneflies commonly seen clinging to window screens in the summer, but they are smaller; more like the size of a mosquito. Hangingflies have two pairs of wings (4 total) and often rest with all of them stretched outward. They are usually seen hanging onto a leaf or twig, bending their long legs in a crouch-like manner. Some species have creamy white abdomens, others are more tan or brown. Some species have clear wings, and some are patterned with color. All of them are hunters and use their long, strong back legs to capture smaller insects as they glide past them.

They are quiet in flight and pick up prey with their back 'feet', bringing it to the mouth where it is consumed. Various flies and other small insects are common food items. A male presents a female with a meal (dead or alive) to woo her into mating. Hangingfly eggs are laid on the ground in leaf litter or soil. Hatched larvae spend most of their lives down there until they pupate into winged adults. (*The Wingless Hangingfly belongs to a different genus). Adults are active from late spring through early autumn and are found near woodlands, forests, and areas close to gently moving water.




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Diptera
        Family: Bittacidae
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          Genus: Bittacus
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            Species: spp.
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Bittacus spp.
Category: Fly or Mosquito
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 20mm (0.39" to 0.78")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: white, ivory, brown, tan
Descriptors: long legs, mosquito, cranefly, clear wings, screens, flying, wet
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Range Between 10mm and 20mm
Lo: 10mm
Md: 15mm
Hi: 20mm
Territorial Map*
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Hangingfly may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Hangingfly. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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