With spring-like temperatures come the crane flies

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(WHNT)– The recent bout of warm weather has an all-too familiar insect dancing around on our porches and in our yards.

Crane flies– also called mosquito hawks– are here.

We’re all too personally familiar with the crane flies that arrive at the first sign of spring in clouds of large, slender flapping wings and spindly, dangly legs, bouncing like helium balloons off walls and ceilings.

Crane fly

Crane fly

They love light, like their moth and June bug compatriots, and hover near porch lights and windows opening into our private spaces, which they unintentionally invade as they clamor for the lights. Fragile body parts are often left behind on their careening paths as they try to maneuver through the obstacle courses our homes present.

Just as dramatically as they came, they’re gone. A crane fly’s adult life is tragically short, lasting two to fifteen days after hatching, depending on environment.

CountryRoads Magazine contributed to this article.