I found this insect inside my house in Austria and it looked like some kind of wasp-moth to me. It is quite large with about 3 cm in lenght (excluding legs).

I looked up various images of crane flies here but couldn't find one that resembled the one I photographed, especially with those antennas and wasp-like imitation of the lower back.

Can someone help me identifying this insect and also tell me if it can bite or sting?

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Looks like something in Ctenophora (true crane flies), potentially Ctenophora ornata? They're found in Europe and appear to have similar wing and body coloring, as well as the large antennae:

Ctenophora ornata fly

Image from Wikimedia commons, by Jean-Marc Liotier

I don't believe crane flies sting, but I am not an entomologist, so I defer to the experts on that point (and the species ID as well).

  • $\begingroup$ No, they definately cannot sting, since they are flies (i’ve no stinger). Crane flies cannot bite either, so harmless and the coloration is only for show and mimicry. $\endgroup$ Jul 28, 2021 at 21:22

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