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Mosquito Imposters

Is it a giant Mosquito? Will it bite me?

Crane flies AKA Mosquito Eaters fool people every year into thinking they are mosquitoes. Crane Flies are harmless, flying insects that do not bite or carry disease. Also, contrary to populare belief, they do not eat mosquitoes (darn).

HINT: If it is bigger than a quarter, it is NOT a mosquito.

Image of a crane fly

Crane flies are also called "mosquito eaters" or "mosquito hawks." But when viewed under a microscope, crane flies do not have any biting mouth parts!

They do not bite. They drink nectar for sustenance.

Crane flies usually emerge out of the soil when warm weather follows a rain event.

Next time you see a crane fly,  simply wave it outside.



Mosquitoes in LA County DO NOT SWARM. If you see small insects swarming, they're most likely midges.

Image of a midge

Midges are swarmers, not biters - This small insect is often confused with mosquitoes, but does not bite. They are routinely seen hovering in swarms on warm summer evenings. Our local mosquitoes do not swarm together in a big cloud. Fortunately, midges do not make people sick!

Next time you see a swarm of insects, know it is most likely not mosquitoes!