Crane Fly looks like mosquito, only larger, smells like mosquito, but isn't

Story

This insect is not a mosquito, but actually a fly (crane fly). In fact, they are also called mosquito eaters... but the truth is that these insects do not eat mosquitoes. As annoying as they are when they lay close to your front door only waiting for you to open it and enter into your home, they are harmless since they do not bite humans or any other mammals either, they eat nectar out of flowers. You can read more about Crane Flies from using this link to Wikipedia.

Date of sighting

7 Sep 2006

Location

Tampa, FL 33647
Crane Fly (Tipula oleracea  Linnaeus)

Species

Tipula oleracea Linnaeus (Crane Fly)