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European crane fly

Common Name: European crane fly
Scientific Name: Tipula paludosa
Origin: Europe


This invasive crane fly is about 1/2″ long, with six legs. The adults have a dark-colored band on the edge of the wing next to a light-colored band. This is helpful to distinguish them from the native species because the rest of the wing has no pigmented areas.


European crane flies live in moist soils and prefer mild winters and cool summers. They have also been found in turf grass, sod farms, and grass fields.


If not controlled, they can have a big impact on the turf grass industry as well as damage root systems and scalp lawns.


There are both biological and chemical ways to control the species. Natural predators such as birds or microorganisms, fungus, and nematodes may help mitigate the issue. Imidacloprid, trichlorfon, carbaryl, and chlorpyrifos are effective in controlling the populations.

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This species is present in the FL-PRISM.