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Large, mosquito-like insects are just harmless crane flies

The wet spring has brought about an abundance of crane flies – mostly aquatic insects that resemble gigantic mosquitoes. Despite their alarming appearance, they are essentially harmless, University of Missouri extension specialists said.

“They’re often mistaken for large mosquitoes,” said Richard Houseman, MU extension urban entomologist. “There are between 1,000 and 2,000 crane fly species, and some of them are actually smaller than mosquitoes. But it’s the larger species that

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