OHIO – All over Ohio people are posting on the internet, where did these giant bugs come from? They look like a giant mosquito, or a daddy long legs fly, but they are actually called a crane fly and no they do not bite, because they don’t even have mouth parts.
Some crane flies never even eat, their entire job in life is to hatch, find a mate spawn and die. What you are seeing on your garage doors and homes is exactly that, we are in the mid spawning season of this fly. Ohio is seeing a large number of these flies this year and there is not a understanding of why yet.
The Larve of the crane fly is called leatherjackets because of the tough exoskeleton, they mostly live in high organic material areas, and the Ohio species do not harm plants or grasses.
They will be gone before long just like the leaves.