Order Diptera encompasses about 20,000 species across North America (not including Mexico). These mostly daytime flyers are a common sight during the long summer days across Tennessee on land and near bodies of water. Flies belong to this order and feature sucking mouthparts as well as a second set of full wings - the latter making them excellent flyers. The dreaded mosquito also belongs to the order and females of the species sport blood-sucking mouthparts. Beyond these two, Crane Flies, Gnats, and Bee Flies also belong to the group.
Other Names: "Phantom Crane Fly"
The Taxonomic Breakdown is the scientific way to categorize a partocular insect species from its largest group (Animalia) to its smallest (variable). The Genus and Species categorizations taken together make up the species' scientific name shown above, in this case Bittacomorpha clavipes.
Abdomen: Has a noticeably large / oversized abdomen.
Daytime: Typically seen during daylight / daytime hours.
Harmless: Known to be harmless if handled with care.
Nocturnal: Most likely to be spotted during night time hours.
Outdoors: Typically found across the great outdoors.
Striped / Banded: Noticeable stripes or banding pattern.
Winged: Has wings to hop or fly over distance.
The Eastern Phantom Cranefly is also known by these other names:
Phantom Crane Fly
The Eastern Phantom Cranefly has been identified by site users by the following descriptors:
thin   skinny   abdomen   striped   banded   winged   wings   summer   outdoors   daytime   nighttime   evening   flying   harmless   white   brown   grey   gray   black   large
The general likelihood of encountering this insect based on a given month of the year in the state of Tennessee. Generally, the best sighting months are June through August with peak occurring in July.
Below is a representation of the 'smallest-small' and 'largest-large' sizes commonly associated with the Eastern Phantom Cranefly. Due to monitor differences, sizes may not be exact on your particular screen. Conversions to millimeters are provided for convenience.
0.47 inches (12 mm)
0.63 inches (16 mm)
Below you will find the colors most commonly associated with the Eastern Phantom Cranefly. Both Primary and Secondary colors are represented in the showcase. Due to monitor differences, colors may not be exact representations.
The Eastern Phantom Cranefly can be found in the following Tennessee counties:
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