In Case You Were Wondering What Mosquito Hawks Eat

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Gah, I hate those things. I just about fell out of the shower today when one of them flew right at me.
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WA has a lot of bugs, all over the state. Parks are the worst. Just before sundown, if you're at a campsite with some sunlight between the trees, you'll get eaten alive by all manner of nasty ugly insects!
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ten bucks says "Mosquito Hawk" is the name of the next skinny jean wearing, beard having, hipster band.
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DAMMIT IT'S CALLED A CRANE FLY
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When I was a kid, they called 'em "skeeter eaters."
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Dang, the only reason I let these crane flies flop around the house is because I assumed they were stuffing themselves with mosquitoes. Now I learn they're just having sex all over the place.
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They're taking after you and Mr. Canuck, I trust!
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@2, you're sadly sheltered if you think WA has a lot of bugs. If you want insane bugs you have to head north (mosquitoes the size of cats) or south (I saw an inch-and-a-half long cockroach in Texas once, plus cicadas, cicada eaters, june bugs by the hundred thousand, spread out all across the sliding glass, giant spiders, and freaking caterpillers the size of your fist). WA's got fewer and milder bugs than most places.
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My mom calls them "dummy bugs", because, well, they're just so damn dumb.

And yeah, I'm with @8 here: I don't even have screens on my windows in Seattle. I'd get hoisted up and carried away by millions of whining wings if I tried that in Texas.
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According to the wiki, the larvae do eat mosquitoes. So nyeh.
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Why yes, of course, Gus! However, Mr. Canuck and I usually refrain from engaging in such behaviour on the windowsills or in the kitchen sink, unlike the slutty cranefly, who knows no shame.
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WTF is it with SLOG and bugs/spiders lately? Knock it off!!!
13
WA has the wimpiest bugs (save some badass termites) in the USA. One more great reason to stay right here.
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I hate it when people call them Mosquito Hawks. The "logic" seems to be "Hey, they look like big mosquitoes, they must eat little mosquitoes!" You never actually see it happen... Do big penguins eat little penguins? I'm going to rename Emperor Penguins Gentoo Hawks.
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@ 8 is right. It's probably why so many rentals in your city lack screens.
16
Good to know. Now I can squish them with no regrets.
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I concur with the "skeeter eater" name.
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@8--100% agreed. This place is heaven in terms of bugs compared to everywhere else I have lived (mainly midwest).
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There's one of those sitting on my wall outside my apartment right now. Also, it's called a Crane Fly. Don't mind them things at all.
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Seattle has way less bugs than most places. That's good, 'cept for the lack of lightning bugs (which do not really eat lightning).