Unknown insect in Russia Unknown insect in Russia

Found in Russia. Approx. 7 cm.

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    $\begingroup$ possible duplicate of What is this insect? $\endgroup$ – terdon Jun 12 '13 at 19:41
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    $\begingroup$ Out of curiosity, have you observed many more of them this year than normal? I live in the south of France and this year we have had a huge invasion of these things. $\endgroup$ – terdon Jun 12 '13 at 19:42
  • $\begingroup$ @terdon, more than normal, yes. I don't remember that I've ever seen this thing flew into my flat. But this time I've seen even three during one week. $\endgroup$ – Sunny Reborn Pony Jun 13 '13 at 12:50
  • $\begingroup$ I have ~10 in my kitchen every night this past month. Weird, someone in the duplicate thread suggested it might be because of the particularly long winter this year. $\endgroup$ – terdon Jun 13 '13 at 12:55

This is Crane fly, of the Tipulidae family. They don't bite humans, adults feed on nectar. Larvae prefer moist environments such as wet soil or decomposing vegetable matter and can consume roots and vegetation, damaging plants. Among others, bats and some Coleoptera are its predators. Further informations can be found in the Wikipedia article linked above.


As a complement to Mattia Rovetta's answer, notice that this insect has only 2 wings, while insects typically have four.

Like flies and mosquitoes, these are Diptera: the hind wings have evolved into a stucture called "Haltere", and one of these small halteres can be seen on your upper photo.

The wikipedia page about halters is illustrated by a Crane Fly photo (as of June 2013), which is quite similar to your insect, but might be of a different species, if I judge by the fact that yours has a dark spot on the wing.


It is indeed a crane fly and there are >15000 species worldwide. Also see answers to this question: What is this insect?.


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