This enormous fly starts its life as a small brown or gray maggot; during this stage it is called the Larvae and is often seen feeding in shady wet places, especially on wet leaves and grass. If you look at your front yard and see yellow patches of grass, you never know, it could be because Crane fly larvae have been living there. Sometimes larvae find their way into your home by mistake; but no matter how these little creatures might try, they can not survive in there; so why not help them along by picking them up, and putting them gently outside.
Around the month of June, because the weather has become dryer and hotter, the larvae dig into the soil in order to find a shady place to pupate. This means that they change from being a baby to becoming a full grown adult . Just like a caterpillar becomes a butterfly after resting inside a chrysalis, in the last hot days of an August Summer, the dancing adult is born.
If you look out of your window at this time, you are highly likely to see hundreds of Crane fly whistling on the wind and fluttering everywhere. Quite often the outside walls of your home will be covered with them. Next time you see this happening take a closer look; you will notice their long spindly legs, and the mosquito like body. The female is larger than the male, with a much larger abdomen. The skinny male, has a little round bulge tucked neatly on to his.
These giant flies have two wings that grow out of each side of the thorax. The thorax is the part of the body that is between the head and the abdomen, normally colored light brown like the abdomen. Only a true fly has two wings on each side, something else you can look for when you next hang out in the yard.
Crane Flies do not bite or carry any diseases, they do not suck blood despite the fact that they look like mosquitoes, and they also eat no food because they are full from when they were larvae. So you see these insects are extremely clean and totally harmless even if they are a bit yucky to look at.
Once the Crane Fly reaches adulthood it lives only a day or two, and seeing as its main purpose is to find a mate it has to work fast. It may look like these flies are buzzing about doing nothing in particular, but in actual fact they are working hard to begin the cycle of the Crane Fly all over again.
Next time you see one of these silver winged giants hanging in your bathroom or dangling from your bedroom ceiling, spare a thought for how harmless it is and how little time it has left on the earth. Give it a little help by cupping your hands gently around it so as not to hurt its wings, and take it to an open window and let it fly, the cycle of life will be extremely grateful to you.