Aquatic Critters

Cranefly LarvaThe larva of the cranefly looks much like that of the mosquito larvae, but is larger and is brown, gray or white and often quite transparent. They feed on detritus, such as decaying leaves, which accumulates in ponds or backwater streams. Cranefly larvae breathe through a disk in their tails and, like mosquitoes, hang downward from the surface film of the water for breathing.

CraneflyCranefly adults, which are often mistaken for giant mosquitoes, are actually harmless. They are long and slender with very long legs. "Mosquito hawk" is another common name given to the cranefly.

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