Giant Crane Fly

“What is this giant insect? Does it bite? It’s almost 3 inches across!” Question from Mary of Delaware

Answer: Even though it looks like a giant mosquito, this insect is harmless. It is called a giant crane fly (Tipula abdominalis), and it does not bite, sting, or damage plants in any way. Giant crane flies are attracted to night light, so they are often seen around porch or outdoor lights in the summer and fall months.