This is reportedly one of the world’s largest species of crane fly (up to 1 ⅜ inch). And with that slender body and stilt-like legs, they kind of look like a mosquito on steroids. But not to worry, they are not out for blood. Adult crane flies only live about 10 to 15 days and probably do not feed. Their primary purpose is to mate. They are found near streams and wetlands, but are often attracted to lights. The large, worm-like larvae feed on decaying vegetation in water. As their name implies, these crane flies stick to the west; British Columbia south to California and east to Arizona.
Photo by Kristi DuBois on 7/19/20 in Missoula, MT.