Good Bug or Bad Bug?

plantveggiesJune 7, 2014

What is it? Sorry for the fuzzy picture. Thanks!

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Can't tell the wing angle from the blurry pic but it is a member of the Fly order (Diptera) - possibly caddis or one of the many syrphid. He's mostly a beneficial as the larvae eat aphids.

Why? Are you seeing lots of them or damage to the plants?


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    Bookmark   June 7, 2014 at 7:57PM
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Looks like a Crane Fly. I don't think of them as any sort of problem, although they do have subterranean larvae that in large numbers can be problematic in lawns. In any case, I doubt they cause any problem in your veg garden. I don't think they even eat anything as adults.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2014 at 8:55PM
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I vote crane fly.
Should not be a danger - adults mate and die - don't even eat.

The main goal of the adult crane fly in the spring is mating. During the adult stage, the crane fly does not eat. For the short 10- to 15-day period, the adults mate on plants or in the air near the water. Afterwards, the female deposits her eggs. When mating and egg distribution is complete, female dies. The male only lives up to 15 days as well.

It is true that the early stages of the creature's development can be a lawn problem:

Here is a link that might be useful: THE LIFESPAN OF A CRANE FLY

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 12:02PM
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