So what are those huge bugs that dance all over doors, walls, windows and seem to be infesting the entire state? There’s one popular misconception that Dr. Andrine Shufran, the Director of OSU’s Insect Adventure, hears all the time. “Giant mosquito! Loss of blood!” she said while laughing.
Shufran said they’re called crane flies.
They don’t like blood, in fact, they don’t like anything.
“They can’t eat. They don’t have mouth parts,” she said.
So what’s their sole purpose? Reproduction.
When the adults hatch from the ground, Shufran said their life is pretty simple.
“They’ll emerge, find each other, mate, lay their eggs and then die,” she said.
And talk about pressure, crane flies only have two weeks to live.
So why are there so many?
Dr. Shufran said all this rain we’ve recently had has loosened the soil, allowed the crane fly larvae to move out of the ground, hatch and fly.
Last year’s drought forced many of them to stay in the soil and wait it out.
They’re here in full force now.
But remember, if they get in your house, Shufran said, “don’t worry, your kids are safe.”