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Sorry for the photo quality I used my phoneand wacked it with the swater
Sorry for the photo quality I used my phoneand wacked it with the swater
SnowsquatchAugust 31st, 2012, 12:25 am
Northern Ontario Canada

Posts: 5
I found this in the house last night could I have some help to identify it
"It's not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves"
TaxonAugust 31st, 2012, 4:51 am
Site Editor
Royse City, TX

Posts: 1350
Hi Showsquatch-

Sure, it's called a crane fly, probably of True Fly family Tipulidae. Some are aquatic, but the majority are terrestrial. It may well have come from the soil beneath your lawn, where they live as larvae feeding on grass roots, turning your grass brown in spots before pupating, and then emerging in as adults in their winged form.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
SayfuAugust 31st, 2012, 10:10 am
Posts: 560
And aquatic, or terrestrial I do believe all crawl out and pupate in the soil. Never have I caught a fish on a crane fly adult imitation...unless maybe my inability to size my hackle properly was taken for an adult, and my drag free drift skittered a bit. :)
GONZOAugust 31st, 2012, 11:23 am
Site Editor
"Bear Swamp," PA

Posts: 1681
Snowsquatch, your crane fly appears to be Pedicia albivitta, also known as the Giant Eastern Crane Fly. As far as I know, the larvae of this species are aquatic (photos of larva identified as this species here:, and it usually has two adult flight periods, one in the spring and another in the late summer/fall.
SnowsquatchSeptember 3rd, 2012, 4:47 pm
Northern Ontario Canada

Posts: 5
Thanks all for your help,
I was thinking it was a crane fly but the usual variety I find are much smaller, Now to come up with a new pattern to tie?
"It's not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves"
EntomanSeptember 4th, 2012, 4:53 pm
Northern CA & ID

Posts: 2604
Snowsquatch -

Click on the link to check this out. It's a long thread, so scroll down a ways to look at the pattern.
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman

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