Can you identify these for me? I am assuming they are mating? They caught my...

Asked September 11, 2019, 10:42 AM EDT

Can you identify these for me? I am assuming they are mating? They caught my eye flying awkwardly past my patio door. Thank you!

Athens County Ohio insect issues insect identification

2 Responses

Hi,

Your question comes at an interesting time. The news media have recently been reporting a dragonfly migration to the south through Ohio. I have linked an Ohio Department of Natural Resources guide: https://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/portals/wildlife/pdfs/publications/id%20guides/pub320.pdf Your picture does not appear to reflect typical mating behavior. I do not know whether that is any particular behavior.

Thank you for your question.

These insect are not dragonflies. It is a mating pair of crane flies, insects somewhat related to mosquitoes, but they do not bite. The immature stages live in places with a lot of moisture and organic matter, such as lake bottoms, river bottoms, or in damp soil. See the link below for more interesting facts about these insects.

https://entomologytoday.org/2015/08/17/mosquito-hawk-skeeter-eater-giant-mosquito-no-no-and-no/